Jeremy Robson wears heart on sleeve and is undeniably one for the dramatic gesture. Most of us tore out what hair we might have had in despair at Martin Atkinson’s appalling decision not to play the advantage rule when Jozy Altidore ‘scored’ on Saturday. Along with the decision to award Sagna a yellow and not a red, when he had demonstrably denied a goalscoring opportunity, it was without question the sort of moment that decides the outcome of matches. Then we got on with life. Sadly, for Jeremy (and Monsieur Salut disagrees completely with him on this), it was indicative of something rotten at the heart of the game, a game on which he says he is now turning his back … should we start preparing for the grand comeback tour?
Let’s not beat about the bush here. Referee Martin Atkinson was a disgrace. No surprise there as his officiating has always been lamentable at best and just plain shocking at worst.
The cartel which constructed the Premier League is in rude health and everything is in place to make sure there is no disruption to either their comfort, income or “success”.
These days nobody else stands a chance. Imagine the furore if our disallowed “goal” had been taken away from Wenger’s boys? The only thing as irritating and annoying as Atkinson’s officiating was the fact that Wenger was wearing one of Alexei Sayle’s old suits.
The Premier League has now become a farce which Brian Rix wouldn’t have ever dared to put to paper. Was there any fairness in anything which happened on Saturday?
The game was held up while Giroud was given attention for a self inflicted injury, as Wenger harassed the fourth official for God knows what. When Di Canio protests he is sent to the stands for having the temerity to complain.
It used to be hard to compete in this league but it’s reached the stage where any notion of a level playing field is patently obsolete.
There can be no doubt that the knives are out for us. Sagna didn’t even get a red card for denying what was a goal scoring opportunity. Savage injustice of the gravest kind.
Paolo is doing the best he can. There is no grievance with the players and I thought that every one of them gave everything. Thank you Ellis for giving it the gun and for doing your best. Unfortunately we can’t win with loaded dice.
I love Sunderland AFC and have done so for all of my life. I have loved football for even longer still. Sorry to say that I don’t and can’t love the travesty that I now see before me. Any pretence of equality and fairness seems to belong to an age which is sadly long gone. I’m done with this and gone. There’s just no point any more.
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