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Another manager gets ‘Man Utd treatment’

Frustration continues to mount against officiating in United's matches

By | 26th September 2012

Talks of officials favoring Manchester United have seemed to reach new heights this season, with Wigan manager Roberto Martinez the latest to be charged by the FA for openly questioning the decisions made during his side’s 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford 11 days ago.

United have been awarded penalty kicks in three of their four wins this season and despite sealing 12 out of 15 points thus far in the campaign, they have looked unconvincing.

A season-opening defeat away to Everton was followed by a nervy 3-2 win at home to Fulham but thereafter, controversy took over.

Southampton survived a poor Robin van Persie spot-kick but ultimately conceded two late goals to the Dutchman to allow the Red Devils their second win of the season in the first week of September.

Martinez’s Latics were next in line and while they were hammered 4-0 by last season’s Premier League runners-up, the manager was adamant that a whole host of incorrect refereeing decisions cost his team.

A week after Wigan’s suffering, Liverpool endured a nightmare of officiating themselves as several huge decisions were mysteriously awarded in United’s favor.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men edged the Reds 2-1 and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers did not not hold back his frustration in slamming officials and United players for their actions in incorrectly influencing the match.

While the fate of Rodgers remains undecided at the moment, Martinez has been punished for his vocal remarks and has until tomorrow evening to respond.

His comments, which questioned the legitimacy of United’s domestic dominance, were as follows: “Today the penalty is as bad a decision as you are going to see in the Premier League,” Martinez had said in reference to Danny Welbeck’s soft fall that led to a botched penalty from Javier Hernandez early in the match on September 15.

Welbeck also tackled Franco Di Santo in a manner that warranted a red card in the same match and Martinez assertively asked why the England international was not handed his marching orders.

“There were tackles flying around that if they had been the other way round there would have been a couple of red cards. I have come to United three times before today and for whatever reason, we don’t seem to be measured in the same manner as the team at home,” a frustrated Martinez remarked before reaching a conclusion that many angry Liverpool fans reached three days ago.

“In many ways, you feel as though you are fighting against a mountain,” the Spaniard stated.

The FA statement read that Martinez had brought the game’s integrity into question and violated one of the organization’s explicitly stated rules.

“The charge is in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 concerning media comments which implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general are motivated by bias and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

Martinez turned around the fortunes of his struggling team with an emphatic 4-1 win away to West Ham in the League Cup third round yesterday and will hope that Newcastle can successfully fight the “mountain” to knock Manchester United out of the competition this evening.

Reader Comments

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  1. Jonny F says:

    Since Martinez took over at Wigan four seasons ago, he’s had three players sent off against Manchester United –one of which was eventually rescinded on appeal after it because apparent that it wasn’t even a foul let alone a sending off.

    On the flip-side, Martinez has watched Rooney almost break James McCarthy’s jaw with his elbow in an off the ball incident, for which he did not even receive a yellow card. It was the most blatant attempt to injure a player you will ever see on a football pitch and happened right in front of the referee who described it as a ‘coming together’.

    Sir Alex Ferguson later quoted: ‘There is nothing in it. But what will happen, because it is Wayne Rooney, the press will raise a campaign to get him hung’

    Then fast forward to this season in the game at Old Trafford, after Welbeck’s dive, his subsequent stone-wall-but-not-given red card challenge on Di Santo and a fair shout for a Wigan penalty brushed away by the referee, can you really blame Martinez for saying the things he said?

    He’s one of football’s most mild mannered managers, but even he has a breaking point.

  2. Strik3rr says:

    Go cry to mommy, teams that play well and draw fouls because of it deserve the calls. Yes on occasion one may go the wrong way, but at some point we will get screwed (like we usually do) in a crucial game at a crucial time with massive consequences. Just because your crap team cant keep up with the bigger, faster players and gotta boot them around a bit and make challenges that LOOK bad to the refs forcing them to make a call and then blame the other team for your own stupidity, dosnt mean its not warranted.

    • John Ross says:

      utd fans say that 1 crucial decision always goes against them, hilarious that they don’t realise that if they hadn’t had dozens of very dubious decisions go their way that this 1 crucial decision would be slightly different in that it would be the 1 that may keep them in the prem lol! Pity that not 1 utd fan actually wants their team to win by fair means!

  3. Idam monjay says:

    I like reading rubbish sometimes. We forget to note that decisions go either way. Don’t be the next Rafael Benitez.

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