This is our City

23 January 2017

The English Football Association and the PGMOL are behind Manchester City's Misfortune

Gary stinking Lineker claimed on Match of the Day after Andre Marriner screwed us over against Tottenham, that we can't start blaming referee's for diving, if the players don't get fouled onroute to diving. But I think that's a total load of utter bollocks, I strongly believe referee's are the reason players dive in the first place and here's why.

As soon as match officials are appointed Premier League matches, I've always been straight on the case. My first job is to look at the win, lose or draw ratio in previous City games, then I look to see if there's history of bias for or against. What I look for is the level of controversy, and match that with the win, lose or draw. If a few controversial incidents occurred against us and the lose and draws count higher than wins, then there's a strong case for bias against. Then I look to see who the games we lost against that involved controversy, with Manchester City for instance it always seems to be against the big clubs more often or not. But that doesn't mean to say it don't happen against the lower table clubs, take our recent game against Burnley for instance. Every point counts in a title race and we're in one, or at least we were in one.

Take Lee Mason for instance, he has a pretty fair record with us but statistics don't always tell the truth, which is why I look for past controversy to back up the stats. So Mason was the last referee I'd suspect of foul play, I strongly believe there were no controversy behind Lee Masons performance in the Burnley game. I just believe he took it upon himself to show Burnley a bit of support against us, it's what I call referee's trying to even out the playing field. The problem with that though is, when it ends up costing a club valuable points in a title race. Luckily we won that game despite Masons bias towards Burnley.

This however isn't the problem, the problem is big game changing refereeing decisions in big title fighting matches. Take City's recent game against Chelsea for instance. David Luiz was the last man and fouled Sergio Aguero, Anthony Taylor put his Whistle to his lips but then bottled it and allowed play on. Big game changing decision because then it gave David Luiz free reign to go on and knock Aguero about without consequence, as soon as a Player gets the idea in his head that 'hey this ref is showing us favor' it gives them licence to try their luck. As a result Aguero got extremely frustrated resulting in his rash tackle on David Luiz. Had Luiz been rightly sent then the brawl that was to happen after, would never have happened.

All our players were frustrated because Anthony Taylor made sure all his decisions went in favor of Chelsea, but to add insult to injury Anthony Taylor went one step further. He decided to red card and send off Fernandinho for defending himself, but only give Cesc Fabregas a yellow card to protect him from retrospective action. After Cesc put his hands around Fernandinho trying to throttle him, before throwing himself theatrically over an advertising hoarding.

He also sent of Sergio Aguero for his tackle on David Luiz but, failed to send of Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah after he flew in at high speed and launched Aguero across the field. Again Anthony Taylor protected Chalobah from retrospective action by only yellow carding the player. Video evidence is present on the internet to prove I speak the truth, anyone that suggests otherwise are bias and ignorant liars.

Now last year former Premier League referee Mark Halsey came out to the media, and claimed that he was asked to ignore game changing incidents by the PGMOB (Players Game Match Official's Limited) headed by the English Football Association. Gary Neville on his twitter account, claimed that he contacted Halsey for confirmation. (article here)

Mark Clattenburg is another match official who's been mixed up in quite a bit of controversy over the years, since Mark Halsey came out as a whistle blower, there has been a media blackout on the subject.

Does the fact Mark Halsey were asked to ignore game changing incidents ring any bells? Anthony Taylor against Chelsea? Andre Marriner against Spurs? not sending off Kyle Walker for denying Raheem Sterling a goal scoring opportunity, after he deliberately shoved Sterling in the back? Against Chelsea and and Tottenham Hotspurs that's 4 points lost for Manchester City in the title race, against two title rivals?

In a previous match against Tottenham Hotspurs, Mark Clattenburg gave Spurs a penalty against us. It hit Raheem Sterling's back before rolling off and hitting Sterling's elbow by accident, again everyone including commentators said it was never a penalty on a million years which was another game changing incident. Even the Daily Mail columnist and former Premier League referee Graham Poll stated Clattenburg got the decision wrong, but what grinds my gears the most is. Referee's are protected in this country far too much, which I strongly believe is partly to fault for issues like players diving and fooling Referee's in the first place.

Now in countries like Germany or the US, Referee's are allowed to explain their decisions to the Media and Fans, but England's Referee's are banned by the Football Association from speaking to the Media or anyone other than their bosses. Again, the head of the PGMOL (Players Game Match Official's Limited) is Neale Barry, who is also the Football Associations Head of Senior Referee's Development. Its claimed that Mike Riley is the boss of the PGMOL but that's a lie, Neale Barry (FA employee) is Mike Riley's Boss. The reason no officials speak out is, because the financial implications are significant.

Mark Halsey had to wave his rights to a severance package of £50.000 just to publish his autobiography, if that doesn't deserve you going out and buying it then I don't know what does. In fact I'm going to buy it just to find out what's in it.

Ok I'm not saying referee's are always bias and controversial but, corruption in English football does exist and it's right at the very top. Last season Leicester City were awarded quite a few controversial decisions in favour, but it was all shrouded by the Premier Leagues and English Footballs want for a fairy tale ending. OK the usual suspects in the title race never really posed a real challenge and went missing including City but, the controversy was ever present.

Those who believe these controversies and decisions even themselves out, are just lying to themselves. It doesn't even out at all, it never does as there's always someone that profits more than others.

Fernandinho gets red carded and banned twice, Trafford United's Marcos Rojo gets away with two worse tackles.

Even Player Agents are controlled to the point of censoring, the BBC reported recently that the whistle blowing Agent who claimed a number of Premier League Managers took bribes, rescinded his claims and states he lied. (article here)

Ignorant and deluded people would have you believe that these poor refereeing decisions always even themselves out across the course of a season, tell that to Manchester City who are all but out of the title chase. That is unless we can go on a winning run and not lose a single match until the end of a season, and hope that Chelsea lose 4 or 5 matches along with the others losing a few. I'd rather put my money on being screwed by a few more bad refereeing decisions, our opponents are all too predictable when it comes to spilling their bile. They would point to Bravo not being sent off for his two footed tackle against Wayne Rooney, however video footage shows it wasn't two footed and Wayne Rooney dived to try win a penalty. Then I'd point to Marcos Rojo committing two dangerous two footed tackles while not receiving anything more than a yellow card, or Marouane Fellaini elbowing Pablo Zabaleta in the face and only receiving a yellow when violent conduct states both Rojo and Fellaini should have been given their marching orders. In 2014 Ashley Young dived on multiple occasions without consequence and United profited with penalties and dead balls, the same season referee's helped them to their 20th top flight title. It took a fan and media outcry against referee's and United, before referee's started to penalize Young for it, United have a long history of diving players and receiving favor and it's still happening. The English Football Association doesn't want to see their play thing, the apple of their eye to suffer so they are helping them in any way possible.

The Independent have reported that Peps meeting with Mike Riley actually happened, after Lee Mason almost screwed City over against Burnley. Well we were never going to find out what was said between both Pep and Riley but, you can bet your soul that Riley gave nothing but excuses. It's now been reported that Guardiola wants another meeting with Riley after Andre Marriners failure to send off Kyle Walker and award City a penalty, for his clear and blatant foul on Sterling, Walker admitted to the world that he intentionally did so live on air. I commend Guardiola for speaking out as well as Franny Lee but, it would be nice to see our club ask the Football Association directly for an explanation as to why we are being unjustly targeted by referee's, while our title rivals are gaining unjust favour. Unlike Jose Mourinho's conspiracy against Chelsea had no substance behind it, no evidence, Manchester City on the other hand have suffered for constantly poor refereeing decisions, all but effectively knocking us out of the title race.

Now Yaya Toure has come out and rightly claimed City were robbed by Referee Andre Marriner, (story here) he's more than likely going to be another City player to be attacked by the Football Association. Oh we can't be attacking referee's and bringing the game into disrepute now can we? We have to portect these Referee's from any form of criticism or punishment, we can't be having them getting hurt now can we.

2 reds for Fernandinho, 1 red for Sergio Aguero, two of City's most important players.

0 reds for Marcus Rojo's 2 footed tackles
0 reds for Fabregas slapping Fernandinho around the face
0 reds for David Luiz last man smashing into Aguero as he was in on goal
0 reds for Nathaniel Chalobah charging Aguero and sending him flying
0 reds for Dele Alli assaulting Otamendi
0 reds for Kyle Walker last man shoving Raheem Sterling in on goal

That's just a few of the Refereeing mistakes in the Premier League this season, players and managers are punished at every corner with every chance the Football Association gets when they talk out of turn about Referee's. But they protect Referee's with a vengeance, anyone attacks a Referee and it's the hangman's noose. Yaya will be the next to suffer the Football Associations wrath, after publicly claiming he feels robbed by Andre Marriner.

Que the abuse that never gets published.