Arsenal have had very many dodgy refereeing decisions against them this season, and Arsene Wenger has not been backward in coming forward with his complaints against the quality of the decision-makers in many Arsenal games this year, and has been punished by the governing body of the FA with touchline bans. Le Prof famously said after we were beaten by Manchester City back in November: “I would say overall the referee made the decision today, with the soft penalty and the offside goal. But we are used to it when coming here, last year they had two offside goals, and once again, I feel they don’t work enough, because the level drops every season at the moment. Overall it’s unacceptable what happens.
“The physical level is very good, the decisions [are not]. At 2-1 we are in the game, and he gives a clear offside goal, and of course that kills the game for us.
“And if you see last year we conceded two offside goals as well, but of course they are a top team, but on top of that it makes things very difficult for you.”
Even after that Arsenal were the victim of Mike Read who gave West Brom a penalty in the last minute of the game when it was obviously not a handball, and there have been many more examples before and since then. So Wenger will not be surprised that FIFA have not appointed ANY Premier League referees to officiate at the World Cup this summer. FIFA confirmed its list of 36 referees and 63 assistants for the tournament yesterday and not one of the 99 are from England, despite all our officials being classed as professionals.
In the list of appointees there are refs from such far-flung places as Gambia, Bahrain, Egypt, Zambia and Bahrain, but none from the EPL. Does this signify that Wenger could be right after all? English referees ARE rubbish!