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    How much longer is it going to take the footballing authorities to realise that they have a problem that could destroy the sport?

    When I was a kid, I used to watch as much football as I could, didn't matter who was playing as long as it was football. Now, the "beautiful game" is almost unwatchable because of the apalling standards of refereeing. There has always been controversy in football and, generally, that's a good thing, it adds to the entertainment but that's not the same as a team playing well and being robbed of the whole match.

    Wigan went to Chelsea today, scored a perfectly good goal and then had two offside goals awarded against them. The problem that football has is that this is not an isolated incident. On MotD tonight, Gary Lineker and his pundits will gripe on about those goals but football's problem is that, every week, there is at least one match in which the same problem arises. And almost every week, it is the big clubs who benefit.

    I want my sport back. I want to be entertained by two teams of skilled professionals. I don't want to spend 90 minutes watching 22 blokes running around while some other bloke with a whistle ignores them and decides what result he wants.
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    (Original post by kingsholmmad)
    How much longer is it going to take the footballing authorities to realise that they have a problem that could destroy the sport?

    When I was a kid, I used to watch as much football as I could, didn't matter who was playing as long as it was football. Now, the "beautiful game" is almost unwatchable because of the apalling standards of refereeing. There has always been controversy in football and, generally, that's a good thing, it adds to the entertainment but that's not the same as a team playing well and being robbed of the whole match.

    Wigan went to Chelsea today, scored a perfectly good goal and then had two offside goals awarded against them. The problem that football has is that this is not an isolated incident. On MotD tonight, Gary Lineker and his pundits will gripe on about those goals but football's problem is that, every week, there is at least one match in which the same problem arises. And almost every week, it is the big clubs who benefit.

    I want my sport back. I want to be entertained by two teams of skilled professionals. I don't want to spend 90 minutes watching 22 blokes running around while some other bloke with a whistle ignores them and decides what result he wants.
    Refereeing is the same standard - just move TV camerras etc now.
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    thats what referees do. we should have no referees. they ruin the game and blow the whistle for anything.

    we should have no rule. with both players flying into tackles and playing a mans game. referees distract players because everybodys trying to get his attention. oh look dive, book him ref, boook him or will you.
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    Referees are put in an impossible position, they are bound to get things wrong. Referees using video playback is the only way I can see that changing.
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    The amount of wrong decisions are probably exactly the same, the only difference is that we have more technology to prove referees wrong so it's a bigger problem.
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    Every single decision is analysed, and critiqued from about 100 different angles. The refs do an impossible job given the age we live in.

    Video reffing is almost inevitable, its just that FIFA move at a pace slower than a goddamn glacier.
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    Well done on failing to mention the penalty that should have been awarded to Chelsea in that game.
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    They fact that more and more money is been spent on football (e.g. tv money) proves you wrong. And poor referring decision has always existed. Technology will ruin football imo.
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    Football is no longer a sport in my eyes.

    It's a scripted pseudo reality thing, bit like Made in Chelsea. All the players are real and play to their full capacity for the most part. However certain managers and the FA script the rest of it. To be fair it has led to some nice story lines and I guess it does add to the league as a whole (How interesting would City walking the PL have been?). But it really hurts us on the international stage. Players like Rooney are built up to be quality when the reality is he's no where near the quality needed, hence him bottling the Euros. Of course he once had talent, that's why he showed it early on internationally, but he hasn't been challenged in England where everything goes his way.
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    To be honest i'd still go and watch games no matter how crap the refs are, its the unaffordable ticket prices that are the problem.
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    (Original post by warwickorbristol)
    Football is no longer a sport in my eyes.

    It's a scripted pseudo reality thing, bit like Made in Chelsea. All the players are real and play to their full capacity for the most part. However certain managers and the FA script the rest of it. To be fair it has led to some nice story lines and I guess it does add to the league as a whole (How interesting would City walking the PL have been?). But it really hurts us on the international stage. Players like Rooney are built up to be quality when the reality is he's no where near the quality needed, hence him bottling the Euros. Of course he once had talent, that's why he showed it early on internationally, but he hasn't been challenged in England where everything goes his way.
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    (Original post by DaveSmith99)
    Yes and I'm sure the majority of Italian fans around the time of calciopoli would have said the same time, or all the Pakistani cricket fans, or the majority of cycling fans, or the majority of athletics fans.

    Jesus christ. Get your head out the sand; the world isn't half as perfect as your teacher keeps telling you it is.
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    (Original post by warwickorbristol)
    Yes and I'm sure the majority of Italian fans around the time of calciopoli would have said the same time, or all the Pakistani cricket fans, or the majority of cycling fans, or the majority of athletics fans.

    Jesus christ. Get your head out the sand; the world isn't half as perfect as your teacher keeps telling you it is.
    I think you would be more at home on this forum http://forum.davidicke.com/

    You can go discuss our reptillian overlords freely on there.
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    (Original post by warwickorbristol)
    Yes and I'm sure the majority of Italian fans around the time of calciopoli would have said the same time, or all the Pakistani cricket fans, or the majority of cycling fans, or the majority of athletics fans.

    Jesus christ. Get your head out the sand; the world isn't half as perfect as your teacher keeps telling you it is.
    Or maybe your just butthurt that City have imploded spectacularly. Fans of every team moan about some conspiracy when things are going against them.
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    "None are more hopelessly imprisoned than those who follow a sport under which the corrupt governing body supports their team"
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    Blame UEFA/FIFA for not bringing in the correct measures to ensure that the referees have adequate help when making a game-changing decision. As it's been mentioned, they have an impossible job and literally have a split-second to make or break a game for a team.

    Referees have so much on their shoulders that I think it's unfair that we criticise them more than we criticise the governing bodies on what they'll do to make football fairer.

    Bigger teams don't get more beneficial refereeing decisions. Deal with it.
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    (Original post by Abbadon27)
    Fans of every team moan about some conspiracy when things are going against them.
    And fans of a team where everything ever (*) has gone for them tend to just blindly spout *******s in favour of the establishment that force feed them success.

    (*) ever being football from 1992 onwards. I am aware football existed before then but wouldn't want to bring too many revelations to the table at one time.
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    And yet it's still the best sport to watch..
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    (Original post by warwickorbristol)
    And fans of a team where everything ever (*) has gone for them tend to just blindly spout *******s in favour of the establishment that force feed them success.

    (*) ever being football from 1992 onwards. I am aware football existed before then but wouldn't want to bring too many revelations to the table at one time.
    Yeah, because my team have been so successful in recent years :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by warwickorbristol)
    And fans of a team where everything ever (*) has gone for them tend to just blindly spout *******s in favour of the establishment that force feed them success.

    (*) ever being football from 1992 onwards. I am aware football existed before then but wouldn't want to bring too many revelations to the table at one time.
    Yeah, because its just United fans who don't think theres some kind of conspiracy. Every other football fan can obviously see it. Oh wait, they can't, its just you.

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