A hint of match fixing last night against Fulham?
A full blooded, fair and ball winning tackle that had the defender in me clapping and whooping with admiration. That was until Mr Kevin Friend flashed a red card in the face of Jay Spearing. There is no denying contact was made with the player, but that was after the ball was won. “Every object in a state of motion remains in that of motion unless an external force is applied to it.” Sir Isaac Newton.
As much as he would have liked, it was impossible for Spearing not to make contact with Dembele. A collision has occurred but not as a result of foul play. A yellow card would have been harsh. A red card is ridiculous. I am at a loss. If it wasn’t for the general bad decisions in the league so far this season I would advise the FA to investigate the cricket spot fixing scoundrels to see if they were also football fans.
This weekend alone, Cahill was shown a red card for a yellow card offence at best, Wolves conceded a penalty from a Larson dive that would have made Michael Phelps proud and let me not mention the Blackburn corner against Wigan one week earlier.
Again, I understand people are fallible, but where do we draw the line between error and incompetence? After a Wigan gets relegated by that one point they would have had if they had the draw against Blackburn? After Liverpool miss out on the Champions League by a point (or three) that was stolen from us last night by Kevin Friend? Yes, we should not have left it in the hands of Kevin Friend by not taking the chances to finish Fulham off when we had them, but something needs to be done.