Still fuming about Michael Oliver – The Arsenal Hater by GunnerJack
This man should never be allowed, by his OWN ASSOCIATION, to officiate in any capacity at an Arsenal game again.
Never mind that Leicester’s flying tackles and barges into the backs of our players went unpunished while he couldn’t wait to blow the whistle for the slightest infringement by any of our players, let’s take a look at the actual details of AMN’s red card.
Please note that I am not trying to make an evaluation of whether either of the 2 yellows were deserved. No, what sickened me was the way Oliver actually handled the second one.
(Sidenote: This is where I also state the case for NO CALLING BACK OF PLAY if the advantage then doesn’t work out. In my view it should be EITHER they get the advantage and play goes on OR the ref blows IMMEDIATELY for a free kick. If play goes on then NO cards should be allowed to be shown afterwards, because if it was serious enough then a free kick should have been given immediately.)
Anyway, be that as it may, here is what Oliver did IN HIS OWN THOUGHTS/WORDS (which I’ve obviously made up but could well be true). Maybe people will stop and think about it and, hopefully, question his motives.
1) Okay it’s a free kick but nothing special and as Leicester HAVE THE ADVANTAGE I’ll let play go on.
2) Oh! Hang on a minute, I think I’ve already booked this Arsenal player . . . yes I have . . . and I simply can’t let this opportunity to stuff Arsenal be missed!
3) After all, this will also ingratiate me with the Leicester fans and I’ll get a lot of support from them during the rest of the game, especially with me being a yellow-bellied pathetic ‘homer ref’ who also likes lots of attention.
4) Quick, blow the whistle NOW – EVEN THOUGH LEICESTER STILL HAVE THE BALL, THE ADVANTAGE, AND ARE NOT IN ANY IMMEDIATE DANGER OF LOSING IT. After all, if I let play go on any longer with Leicester still in possession there are people out there who might well begin to wonder what the hell I’m doing.
That’s how I saw it.