The day that fairness died

Back in 2009, Frank Lampard got a red card against Liverpool overturned by the FA for a late tackle on Xabi Alonso.

The preceding season, John Terry got his sending off against Man City withdrawn despite lunging in on their striker Jo on the halfway line.

Nenad Milijas wasn’t so fortunate for little old Wolves though, as his clean, fair challenge on Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta is still deemed to be a red card offence, despite video footage and every single pundit across the country thinking otherwise.

The two Chelsea players happened to be playing for their country you see, while the bloke from Serbia was just daring to play for lowly Wolves at Arsenal.

It’s no wonder FIFA think the FA are a xenophobic bunch of hypocrites, when only last month they were appealing Wayne Rooney’s crude thigh raking kick against Montenegro.

Milijas punished for a fair tackle

At least we have learned one thing for certain during this twisted decision to uphold Stuart Attwell’s attempt to pevert the course of justice at the Emirates Stadium.

Namely, that the FA are a spineless, corrupt organisation who place pecking order over impartiality.

If our red card case was seen before a Magistrate, the court clerk would have thrown the hearing out for wasting everyone’s time.

On past crimes alone, Stuart Attwell would have been the man in the dock for his latest example of incompetence and not us, only weeks after blundering at White Hart Lane when sending off Gary Cahill.

Only three seasons after awarding a goal at Vicarage Road that never even existed.

But this is the Premier League world we live in folks.

A world where fair play and self deprecating hard graft by both manager and players is penalised, yet incessant Ryan Shawcross-style haranguing is applauded.

After Dick Turpin conquered against Newcastle at Molineux this season (Mark Halsey), Anthony Taylor was next to turn fair play on its head by refusing to send off Woodgate for Stoke when playing at the same place.

Coincidence? Add in the following from the 2010/11 season off the top of my head:

  1. James Perch trip on Jarvis at home to Newcastle while winning 1-0. No penalty.
  2. Gallas assault on Jarvis at White Hart Lane in 6 yard box while winning 1-0. No penalty.
  3. Stephen Warnock pre-meditated studs-up challenge for Villa not earning second yellow, let alone red. Warnock sets up Heskey for the winner.
  4. Fabregas scything, stretcher inducing challenge on Ward for Arsenal at Molineux. No red, Fabregas sets up second goal.
  5. Stearman headed, winning goal against Spurs disallowed at Molineux when punched in head by Gomez. Free kick awarded to Spurs.

I could add an endless list of howlers from the season before, when we were shafted more times than a rent boy on an initiation; such was our own induction to the world’s ‘greatest league.’

(Dunne rugby tackle on Doyle at home to Villa – no penalty; Wilson catching the ball for Portsmouth at home – no penalty; Fellaini assault on Doyle at Everton – no free kick and Everton then score)

Can anyone name one decision we have got in our favour in all this time?

And all the while, our stoic, honest manager turns the other cheek and shakes each referee’s hand as they walk off the pitch to daub another indiscretion on the dressing room wall for the next cheat to laugh at.

Pulis and Warnock decide go to work on the 4th official from kick off instead, in their unique interpretation of the Respect the Ref campaign.

It’s no wonder Stephen Hunt says we should start playing the game ‘properly’ like every other club does, in an attempt to level up a surface which is rapidly becoming unplayable.

If Mick McCarthy had any bollocks, he’d be saying the same thing right now and Steve Morgan would be bankrolling every single forthcoming fine.

It might pain the FA and the Premier League to admit it, but John Terry wasn’t the first centre half to win 100 caps for his country (He was the first to screw a teammate’s wife and call a fellow pro a f**king black c**t though)

Billy Wright CBE was, and he wore the gold shirt of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The same Wolverhampton Wanderers that stuck floodlights on their stands when no other club had the inclination.

Floodlights to capture nights of European football that the great Stan Cullis dreamed up, which Stuart Attwell’s chosen few are still dining out on today.

If the FA and the Premier League would prefer to treat our gold with distain while masturbating over Sheikh Mansour’s, then let them.

But not before we’ve let them know exactly how we all feel about it.

Please join me in emailing and telephoning the FA’s hotline to report incidents of discrimination.

Email: FootballForAll@TheFA.com 0800 085 0508

Comments

  1. I agree, but you killed it by spelling xenophobic wrongly.

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    • No I didn’t! Must be your eyes ;-) Anything else to add about Wolves being on the receiving end of the most bent, one eyed decision since OJ Simpson?

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      • Ade In China says:

        This IS nonsense, but it’s not only Wolves who suffer from these kinds of decisions I guess. All we can do is hope that Nenad won’t be missed too much and that whoever is picked in his place can do a good job.

        How about shift Doyle into midfield against Bolton and play Fletcher and SEB up front?

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        • pass and move says:

          We have conceeded far to many early goals this season think we should stick to 4-5-1 dig in and be prepared to be patient.

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      • I agree Ben we have been on the end of bad decsions in the Premier league where referees like to suck up to the big teams and the famous names – this despite the fact the same players con and abuse them.On the other hand Wolves players very rarely stoop to this level.

        As a club we have got to close ranks and we will get stronger.

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        • Davebrisbane says:

          Ridiculous red card, I agree. But he rest! Spurs v Stoke and Chelsea, two perfectly good goals disallowed blatant handball on the line worth a red and a penalty…. Give us our five points please. But life like football isn’t fair you have to graft hard and take what you can unfortunately.

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      • Hahaha that’s just cheeky ;)

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  2. Don’t forget Newcastle at home this season!!! Freekick when O’Hara is fouled inside area, then goal ruled out when it hadn’t gone out of play.

    Hunt is right in what he says, but I prefer the way we don’t surround the refs, or contest every decision. We don’t even have any divers, apart from maybe Doyle. I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that we had the least bookings for dissent.

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    • The injustices have been outrageous (especially Halsey – Villa, Spurs, Newcastle 7 points out of nine denied us). The FA and Attwell should man up and admit they got it wrong. Song only got punished for one offence, so why not a video review of the Hunt assault and a 3 match ban? However, I think Hunt is wrong, and his comments will backfire (have already on the day of the Milijas appeal?). Let’s leave the cheating to the top 6 – that way the FA can continue to bury their heads in the sand.

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  3. Just sent them this:

    To whom it may concern,

    Can you please explain to me why you have not overturned Attwell’s red card against Nenad Milijas at The Emirates? 

    He took the ball, he had a foot on the ground, and had no malicious intent whatsoever. 

    Compared to Song’s two yellow card worthy attacks on both Fletcher and Hunt, within seconds of each other, which bore no resemblance at all to an attempt to win the ball but looked very much like an attempt to injure 2 fellow professionals through frustration and bad temperament, Milijas’ challenge is innocuous in the extreme. 

    How can Song merit a yellow, and Milijas a red? Is it because we’re not from London or Manchester? Or is it because if you overturned 2 reds from Attwell in consecutive weeks you would have to admit he is out of his depth in this league. 

    The spectre of the ‘Ghost Goal’ will follow him throughout his career, but in this latest match at the Emirates, he didn’t even know not to stand between the free kick taker (Van Persie) and the ball. Hardly the actions of an ‘elite’ ref. 
    I know this email will have no effect at all on the laughable 3 game ban you have imposed on our honest, unmalicious midfielder Milijas, but hope you bear this incident in mind when we next question a decision from one of your refs. 

    Relegation looms over Molineux once more, and while decisions like this don’t help our fight to stay in the league, they serve as a potent reminder of why it wouldn’t be all bad if we were to leave the nepotism and corruption of ‘the best league in the world’ far behind. 

    Regards,

    Chris Meachem

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  4. Bemused Wolf says:

    Excellent blog Ben think you have summed up how we all feel about the atrocious decision today. What further sickened me was the interview on Sky with that arsehole Gordon Taylor who was critiscising Stephen Hunt’s suggestion that Wolves players should do the same. Highest paid union official in the land who well knows which side his bread is buttered. I f*ck*ng hate this league and all the shit we are supposed to accept.

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  5. Just three minutes after Song received a yellow card having taken out both and Fletcher and Hunt, stamping on each, totally ignoring the ball, maneuvering past it deftly before going about his thuggery. Milijas sees a straight red for a tackle that saw him maliciously take the ball from his illustrious opponent.

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  6. Clive from Houston says:

    This has got to be the blog to unite us all in our condemnation of the powers that be.
    McCarthy and Morgan should come out guns blazing tomorrow, damn the fines, and say what they really feel about not only the sending off decision, but the pathetic, cowardly decision to uphold said sending off.
    Let’s all do as Ben suggests, this injustice dwarfs all our petty in bickering about certain players.
    FUCK ‘EM ALL!!!!

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  7. This written by an Arsenal blogger sums it up: Second half, it still 1-1 after an hour

    Then there was a midfield skirmish which was badly handled by Song and the referee.

    When Karl Henry came in with a high boot that missed Song’s thigh, and then shoved Song down, the Cameroon international saw the red mist and kicked Fletcher when he could clearly have kicked the ball and then, as Hunt picked up the loose ball that Song had chosen not to kick, Song turned round and kicked over the ball again into Hunt’s ankle.

    Incredibly, ref Stuart Attwell gave Song a yellow card.

    Replays showed that it was easier for Song to kick the ball than kick Fletcher. Then he aimed his boot over the ball to kick Hunt, even though the ball was nearer to him than Hunt was.

    Song’s foul on Fletcher was a straight red card all day long!

    How did he stay on the pitch? We see players sent off every week for 25% of what Song did there.

    Two minutes later, Wenger took Song off because he thought he would be sent off. The manager knew his midfielder had lost it and would not survive the next 15 minutes.

    Three minutes later Atwell sent off Nenad Milijas for a tackle that should have been a free-kick to Arsenal, not a straight red card.

    Miljas got the ball and a bit of Arteta’s ankle and yellow card would have been harsh. A straight red card was outrageous.

    The games where bad decisions against us negatively affect the result are outnumbering those that don’t this season. I don’t think that we would have gone on and won at Arsenal, but I reckon the three game suspension inflicted by this latest injustice may have a detrimental effect on our results. Even if it doesn’t, Milijas will have lost his opportunity to force his place in the side just as he was looking good. If he gets back in, it’ll take him time to settle again.

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  8. Whilst we all probably agree with Stephen Hunt’s sentiments his comments probably influenced the decision against us because if overruled it would’ve appeared exactly as he described that the Arsenal players had induced the red card.
    Secondly, I don’t understand why so many quarters are condemning Hunt for saying it more than they are condemning other teams for actually doing it.
    Magnanimous comments on the Arsenal blog though which is good to see.

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  9. Alfred Camilleri says:

    Good blog Ben and well done to that Arsenal website that was fair in its comments about the Song and Milijas incidents. Mick McCarthy says that decisions by the referees level themselves up during the season but I don’t agree. If they were Wolves should be in mid-table not hovering above the relegation zone.
    Now lets hope that Guedioura. Edwards or Hammill will do the business against Bolton in a huge six-pointer. I have a feeling that they ca.

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  10. Ade In China says:

    The link you gave is only for racism, discrimination and the like – the FA said you should fill out the form here: http://www.thefa.com/Feedback
    I tried but it wouldn’t allow me to get my ‘fan’ (whatever that is). I blame the Chinese internets…

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  11. Trevor Jones says:

    I registered with my brother in laws address in the uk and got my FA Number and posted this to them:Shame on you FA for failing to uphold clear video evidence that the sending off of Nenad Miljas was nothing more than bullying of the ref into making a decision under pressure from the Arsenal players. Even the Arsenal website made this comment:

    When Karl Henry came in with a high boot that missed Song’s thigh, and then shoved Song down, the Cameroon international saw the red mist and kicked Fletcher when he could clearly have kicked the ball and then, as Hunt picked up the loose ball that Song had chosen not to kick, Song turned round and kicked over the ball again into Hunt’s ankle.

    Incredibly, ref Stuart Attwell gave Song a yellow card.

    Replays showed that it was easier for Song to kick the ball than kick Fletcher. Then he aimed his boot over the ball to kick Hunt, even though the ball was nearer to him than Hunt was.

    Song’s foul on Fletcher was a straight red card all day long!

    How did he stay on the pitch? We see players sent off every week for 25% of what Song did there.

    Two minutes later, Wenger took Song off because he thought he would be sent off. The manager knew his midfielder had lost it and would not survive the next 15 minutes.

    Three minutes later Atwell sent off Nenad Milijas for a tackle that should have been a free-kick to Arsenal, not a straight red card.

    Miljas got the ball and a bit of Arteta’s ankle and yellow card would have been harsh. A straight red card was outrageous.

    Now that you have supported this totally outrageous decision, you have condoned the actions of the Arsenal players surrounding the Ref and bullying him into making a wrong decision. Everyone that has television access nowadays, has the ability to stop and replay in slow motion to analyse whether or not the offence has occured. All the talk on the internet has been in support for the red card to be withdrawn.

    Your decision to uphold the red card has demonstrated to the public (YOUR CUSTOMERS) just how far out of touch with the game and the technology that is available, you have become.
    Someone needs to intervene and reverse this decision. If not, then I would be in favour of a vote of no confidence against you and I would support any splinter group forming a new governing body and kicking your lot into touch.

    Do the right thing for once or gracefully step down and let someone else that is in tune with the game take the reins.

    Trevor Jones.

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  12. Absolutely right Ben but this incident is just the tip of the iceberg.
    The running of football from the very top downwards is often dishonest, ill-intentioned and unfair. You only have to look at the goings on at FIFA under that disgrace of a president to see why. The ‘beautiful game’ of, i admit, wonderful football these days is tarnished and made ugly by the blatant cheating of players and bullying and total disrespect for officials. Blatter and his cronies could stop this at will if they wanted by making surrounding refs an immediate red card offence, all deliberate holding and shirt pulling yellow cards and penalties inside the area, red cards for diving etc.In addition, each game could be reviewed on video to enforce decisions missed by the referee.
    One can only wonder why they don’t want an honest game where football is only decided on ability and performance.
    Stephen Hunt is absolutely right. Teams that bully referees receive less punishment than teams that don’t and, very sadly, it’s an important factor as to how successful your team can be. Coming out and saying it in public was just bloody silly though. All the top teams just get on and do it without drawing attention to themselves.
    The sad fact of top level football is that the more you cheat, the more successful you are. Until we get a complete regime change at the top we better accept that and start looking after own.

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    • I have the answer, every time the situation happens whereby the opposition team surround the ref all our players should make a big circle around the incident, do some sort of jig and sing ” Bully Bully Oh! Bully Bully” …….on a more serious note as we seem to be showing the bigger teams how they should conduct themselves, a fine example, why don’t the players come out publicly and show their distaste on this kind of behaviour, more may then follow our example!

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  13. You’ve said it all really Ben – but let me pick out my favourite quote -

    “the FA are a spineless, corrupt organisation who place pecking order over impartiality”

    It’s absolutely ridiculous! Like you say, everyone but, it seems, the FA can see that that was no red card!

    As for Mick McCarthy… I thought he was always one to voice his opinion, so I’m certain he’ll have something to say about this! If not, I’ll be very disappointed!

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    • If you get chance watch Mick’s press conference today. He started with a video presentation of Attwell’s inconsistent refereeing on Tuesday. There should be plenty in tomorrow’s papers. Good on you Mick.

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  14. If the club are absolutely certain, I trust that they will apply for a judicial review. That may well set a precedent and help ensure that the powers that be are more even handed in their handling of appeals.

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  15. Great post Ben – sums it up completely. Trouble is nothing will be done and we have Clattenberg to look fwd to at Bolton

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  16. Syd Little says:

    Football could eliminate this overnight if they wanted to. Here’s how: if anyone other than the team captain try to ‘discuss’ a decision with the referee then they will be automatically deducted 1 point. It would stop immediately.

    Hunt is doing football a favour by highlighting this issue. He’s simply stating something that every player and fan know is a problem with the game. The FA know it too. Will they do anything to finally fix it? No, of course not. Until then, I hope Wolves become the worst offenders for this sort of thing and show it for what it is – cheating.

    Football simply has to address favouritism towards the big teams at some point.

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  17. Putney Wolf says:

    Good post Ben.

    Interestingly, I attended a presentation by Graham Poll at a recent conference. He was very honest about the F.A. and his sentiments are similar to ours. He made a couple of points which demonstrated the F.A’s corruption and allegiance to the bigger clubs, especially those who have England Internationals:

    1. He sent of John Terry (England Captain) for two blatant bookable offenses, at the time John Terry didn’t complain about the red card and neither did any of his team mates. After the game Poll was called in front of the F.A., disciplined and banned from reffing for 3 matches. John Terry’s suspension was overturned and he played in the next game. Poll was told, “You don’t send off the England Captain”.

    2. The Referee’s Union were in discussions about clamping down on abuse from players. They decided they would get together and make a list of the worst offenders (the Bellamy’s, Suarez’s, etc) and each week they would book them for any abuse at all. So for 3-4 weeks the same players would be getting booked/sent off by a different ref and this would show a precedent to the rest of the league. Sounds like a good idea but they were blocked for going through with it because the leader of the union was worried the F.A. would find out about it. Although this is the kind of scheme they should be backing.

    He was a great presenter and told his genuine opinions on a lot of the English players. After the presentation I had a bit more compassion for Refs. We have to remember it’s a highly pressurized job, most weeks they are abused by 30,000 fans and 22 players (or 12 when wolves are playing – Karl Henry). They don’t have the benefit of slow motion television replays and they are going to make mistakes in every game they ref, just like wolves’ defense.

    As you say Ben, the real problem is with the F.A. but I fear, even with all of our emails, they will never give a toss about Wolves or Milijas!

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    • Interesting stuff Putney. With that being the case, its no wonder decisions like this persist. On the day we learn that Maggie Thatcher was told to let the city of Liverpool spiral into ‘managed decline’, it makes you wonder what is said about unfashionable clubs like us behind closed doors

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  18. Although I appreciate that this blog must have been written in the heat of the moment I’d like to say ‘well put Ben’. Great blog with excellent points underlining the a lot of what is wrong in the management of the PL as it is. All are equal but some are more equal than others!

    I have to disagree with the view of Mick McCarthy ‘turning the other cheek’ is a bad thing though. In my eyes, he has to be respected for it. It makes him so much more a man than all the whinging managers that always believe that the entire world is against them. I don’t think Mick is the right man for Wolves any longer given our lack of progress since promotion but I respect him the way he behaves himself. Always keeping his cool and never complains. He prefer to let others do the talking and to get on with the job he is doing and I think that is something that should be appreciated and respected!

    On the heated topic of the failed appeal, not only should the blame lie with the FA on these differences between being small and big in the PL but also with the media. On BBC’s 5 live they don’t pick up on these stories but would rather spend the time on the big teams. Had this sending off involved an Arsenal player or indeed a player from any of the big clubs, it would have taken up an entire program.

    A fellow Danish supporter on a messageboard also recalled the successful John Terry appeal being ‘discussed’ in 5 Live: Basically, the conclusion was ‘Well, but we all want to see the best players in action, dont we?’….

    What a joke.

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    • That’s an interesting take on Mick’s stance on this, but I still think that he’ll be saying something about this matter – at the very least a passing ‘we are disappointed about the decision’ would be expected!

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      • I agree, I am sure he will – he already said in the post match comments that he thought it was a perfect tackle. But it is the way he does it, I feel he deserves credit for. Because I am sure that inside he feels just like we do.

        But he accepts the decision – like the fine for fielding the ‘reserves’ – and you don’t see him ever being out of control during or right after a match. It is just a more, hm, professional attitude he shows. No matter how unfair a judgment would seem.

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  19. Giving little people a little power is very dangerous.
    It begins dictatorship and the problems with the F.A. and the appeal against Milijas’s sending off is a perfect example of this malaise, that has crept into our society post Thatcher.
    The concept of justice is out the window when it questions the authority of the man in the middle ( referee), the ‘little man with a little power’, he will always ‘win’, right or wrong.
    Milijas, to me, is our most creative player.
    How will MM play without him or 0′Hara ?
    Saturday will be difficult and possibly a definitive game of the season.
    If we win then we will be up with the ‘struggling pack’, if we lose, all the optimism gained from our draw at Arsenal will be out the window and we will be very close to the bottom three.

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    • The Wanderer says:

      Robin, you’re right – ‘how will we play without Milijas (and O’Hara)?’ is the key question.

      This will be a real test of McCarthy’s tactical ability.

      To my mind he will play Edwards and Doyle in a 4-4-2, coming in for Milijas and Forde.

      One option that would be worth considering in Hammill coming into the centre, where he played for Barnsley – he is the one player that has the ability on the ball to make a difference.

      Guedioura would be a disaster, as he has proven this season he isn’t good enough at this level.

      The fact that Foley is missing makes the whole situation worse.

      What will Mick do?

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  20. StevieBullsaTatter says:

    We’ve had two slices of refereeing fortune in about the last 5 years.

    Craddocks headed goal at Stoke was offside (Can’t remember the year) + West Ham had a goal chalked off in the dying seconds at Molineux for handball, which wasn’t.

    Apart from that, we’ve been shafted time after time. I think we’re about 5 points down this season on poor refereeing. It’s a difficult job, granted, but I’m starting to get a bit miffed playing 12 men every week.

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  21. Putney Wolf says:

    Sammon has won his appeal against his red card for Wigan…. Although I agree his was an unintentional punch in Carrick’s face, he didn’t win the ball, his arms were raised and was as malicious as Milijas’ tackle. Ridiculous.

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  22. Chippy Wolf says:

    What a lot of comments this has rightly drawn!

    It shows that like most of corporate Britain the FA are self serving, inept and verging on corrupt. I doubt it will change as there is too much money involved, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try! Don’t blame the Ref ( who is just inept) blame the FA, clearly there is a lot more going on here than just looking at the offence in question.

    Wolves have the moral high ground here and almost everyone supports us in our position over this incident, there may well be a ground swell which will bring some positive change, albeit too late for Ned.

    I diasgaree with Hunt and think we should continue to play fair as we have always done. Our greats never felt the need to cheat and although many played hard they played fair. This approach was explemified by John Richards and I think he was the better player for it. If anything we should turn the cheek even more and shame the cheats but make it clear at every opportunity what is going on. Other teams in a similar postion to Wolves will no doubt be on the end of similar horrendous decisions and may be pursuaded to take a similar stance. Change comes slowly but it can be significant see Mr Ghandi! Wolves must go on a PR offensive though as this will get the message out there.

    Who’s up for wearimg The FA.. sweet FA justice! T shirts at the Chelsea game?

    Team

    De Vires (joking, Hennessy obviously!!)
    Ward
    Berra
    Johnson
    Zubar
    Henry
    Forde
    Jarvis
    Hammill
    Doyle
    Fletcher

    Rest Stearman, Hunt and Edwards for Chelsea on Monday

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    • Seriously – what are you hinting at here? What possible benefit is it to the FA and the Premier League to punish smaller clubs? The Premier Leagues USP is the competitive nature of the league, which makes it more exciting than any other in the world. The last thing they want to to do is to reduce that by operating a bias in favour of the big clubs. I agree re the cheating stance though, surrounding the referee, diving, trying to get players sent off is appalling behaviour and I’d hate to see our players sink to that level

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      • Chippy Wolf says:

        That’s the point I am not saying that there is anything. For “hinting” read posing a line of thought to be considered.
        There is a fair bit of evidence showing that it is not a level playing field. The Super clubs are what keep the whole money merry go round turning. The FA can’t aford to upset the big 6 as they will take their ball and go play elsewhere which by the way they have already threatened more than once with a slimmed down Super League of 10-12 teams.
        TV rights keep the big cheeses in Pork Pies and Bollinger and you may notice that lowly Wolves don’t feature too high on that list even on MOD we are last-go figure!
        Although I don’t count up decisions I can’t remember the last time we played a top side with 10 men in the PL but I do remember a fair few stone wall reds being ignored.
        I am not saying it is a conspiracy or punishing anyone it’s just the top table looking after themselves as big business always does.
        I hope that makes it a bit clearer for you.

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  23. Twisted by the dark side, young Atwell has become.

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  24. Can I start by saying what a massive fan of Wolves Blog I am, it’s great to have a site that comments independently on the club, and holds it to account in away that the Express and Star and particularly that drip, Tim Nash won’t. But this is the worst article on here, ever. Yes Attwell got the decision wrong and yes it should have been overturned, but there is a list of decisions equally as long as your list above that went in our favour. Last minute v Sunderland, their player was clean through and flagged offside, when blatantly onside, that’s just off the top of my head! You’re better than this

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    • I’m bound to say I disagree, being as I wrote it! Is this the same Sunderland game that Larsson cheated and won a penalty against us, that only the most bent referee could have given? Surely you’re better than that post too?! Would love you to name some other examples but I know you won’t, purely because there aren’t any. Thanks for kind words though, much appreciated.

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      • I can’t name any more because I’m not the sort of the person who watches a game on the look out for refeering decisions! But your comment re Larsson proves my point – they had a horrible penalty decision their way and we had a very lucky offside decision our way – it evens itself out over the course of a season (in that game almost immediately). I’m sure if we sat down together and watched every game all season back to back I could show decisions that went our way (I’m half tempted to now!). The FA’s decision not to rescind that card is a joke, they’re backing their man – but in terms of decisions we’re no worse/better off than anyone else. What’s more to suggest a conspiracy in favour of the big clubs is crazy – Rooney is hit with the kitchen sink at every available opportunity, Rio’s ban for missing a drugs test was disproportionate to any similar crimes

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        • You’re on. Let’s sit down together and go through each decision! You’ll get fed up with my company, but judging by this blog, you’ll not be surprised by that! Tell you what, pick one game at random. We’ll meet up and we can compare. Beer on me.

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        • Is that Rooney whose UEFA ban the FA challenged and had reduced from 3 to 2 games? For a far worse offence too. Hypocrisy and expediency methinks.

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      • You also asked us to name one decision – which I did. The fact it was so recent suggests that maybe you’re not as sensitive to errors made in our favour, to ones that go against us.

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  25. This blog should be titled the day wolves blog died. This is ridiculous, Bolton and Wigan had red cards rescinded in the last 3 weeks so to suggest a conspiracy in the behaviour of a cretin. Oh what next a conspiracy against wolves? Get a grip.

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  26. This blog should be titled the day wolves blog died. This is ridiculous, Bolton and Wigan had red cards rescinded in the last 3 weeks so to suggest a conspiracy against small clubs is the behaviour of moron. Oh what next a conspiracy against wolves? Get a grip.

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    • Bloody hell, you’ve got a split personality! Yes, I do believe that there is a conspiracy against Wolves. I’ve given about 10 decisions off the top of my head and had one tight offside call against as some sort of defence. The Milijas decision just backs up my argument further. You sit back and idly slag me off for expressing my disbelief at the most corrupt decision I’ve ever seen affect the club I love, and you defend the bent, twisted bastards for doing it.
      Tell you what Dan, or Dave, why don’t you have a go at writing a blog about how fair the Premier League is and how fair that Milijas decision was. Then let’s talk about a blog dying.
      Seriously, explain it all to me. Then once you have, you can call me a cretin with a modicum of authority. Moron.

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      • putney wolf says:

        Dan – you have just stated that both WIgan and Bolton had red cards rescinded… our red card wasn’t. Milijas’ tackle was no where near as bad as Cahill’s and Sammon’s arms were raised, which is against the rules… so why was Milijas’ card not rescinded??

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  27. I agree with David.

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    • And I disagree with the cretinous remarks of both of you! Nothing personal but not even the two halves of your split personality add up to one iota of worth. Cant stand Blog bashers but Happy New Year to both of you!

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    • Dan & David sound like a couple of dunderheads to me..

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  28. Less than three months ago Jack Rodwell was sent off against Liverpool for a challenge on Luis Suarez.

    The challenge was a similar type to Ned’s – both sliding, ball-winning challenges – Rodwell’s the stronger challenge of the two and both challenges resulted in red-cards to the players involved and the opposition player writhing in agony.

    Both of the players’ clubs appealed against the red-cards.

    Everton won their appeal and Rodwell’s three match ban was overturned and Rodwell went on to represent his country the following week.

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    • Precisely proving the conspiracy that exists against us! How on earth could Rodwells red card be overturned and Milijas’ not? Unless, of course, it was a damage limiting action on behalf of the same ref who cocked up both decisions – their precious fast-tracked Attwell.

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    • Thank you Brad. Amazing that some fans will still go to such lengths to defend the FA though, despite such hypocracy that you have highlighted. Mick McCarthy has been having his say today about it all. I wish Dan and David were in the press conference to call him a cretin.

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      • ‘if mick mcCarthy had any bollocks….’
        i think you got your answer loud and clear!

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      • If it’s any interest, please find below the FAs response to my email regarding the Rodwell/Milijas appeals. Not a helpful answer – unsurprsingly.

        PS – don’t get me started on Lampard!!!

        “As you are aware, an Independent Regulatory Commission has dismissed a claim from Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Nenad Milijas, following his red card for serious foul play in Wolves’ game against Arsenal on 27 December. Milijas has received a three match suspension starting with immediate effect. Under current regulations, a Regulatory Commission of The FA can only overturn a dismissal if the Commission is satisfied that the referee made a “serious and obvious error” when taken into context with the Laws of the Game. Supporters often compare incidents with others and ask why the same actions are not taken? The Football Association takes its disciplinary procedures very seriously and judges each case on the merits of their case alone. We do appreciate all of the feedback we receive from supporters. This feedback is collated and used to build a picture of public opinion and is subsequently fed back internally within the organisation. Please rest assured your comments will form part of this feedback process.”

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        • Kowloon Wolf says:

          Well played Brad. Not a surprise at all (well, in saying that, at least they mustered some sort of response; I’d have been equally unsurprised if the FA never bothered to answer these types of emails).

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  29. Mark G Davies says:

    I recall that Wolves were on the end of some dreadful referees decisions in our previous season in the premiership. In the Arsenal match at Molineux, after six or seven bad fouls the ref told Vierra, one more and your in the book. Just after half time, Vierra cynically chopped down a home player, with the ref blowing for the foul, and sprinting as far away from Vierra as possible, because he didn`t want the intimidation of being surrounded by Vierra or his team mates. So here we are a few years later and nothing has changed. The new teams don`t get the decisions from the ref, or from the FA.
    Having refereed myself for fifteen years in junior and Sunday football, (after hanging up my rugby boots), I do watch the ref`s performance during the game, and I have a great deal of sympathy for them. Its almost an impossible job where the FA don`t penalise players and teams intimidate the officials.
    I would only be concerned that the other new or recently promoted sides get the same bias or lack of it from all officials. The real answer is to get a winning side with better players so shite deisions become less of a factor in time.

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  30. danny velinski says:

    Generally , I am more a cock up than conspiracy believer. Attwell’s track record as a referee is such that I am glad he didn’t decide to become an airline pilot or work in a nuclear power plant. The workings of the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission is shrouded in mystery as none of the Match Officials nor the Club or Player are entitled to be present or represented and the decision of the Regulatory Commission in relation to a claim of wrongful dismissal is final and binding on all parties and is not subject to appeal. What I would like to see from the FA is more action over players surrounding the referee, over players diving, better use of technology to assist match officials. Bernstein has spoken about the Respect campaign being
    at the heart of what the FA does but this means the FA must be transparent and consistent in how it makes its decisions.

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  31. Clive from Houston says:

    Over here, in what passes for “football”, or throwball to be more correct, the coaches can challenge a decision, which then gets tv reviewed by the ref, who leaves the field, and sometimes a decision gets overturned. I forget how many challenges can be made per game by each side, but this sort of calmed down review should be considered for red card offences. Maybe one challenge to a decision per team per game, coz not everyone has a player sent off every week. This way the effects of surrounding the ref by mouthy, intimidating players will be nullified, and the incident can be reviewed in relative peace. Maybe the 2 linesmen/women can be included in the review, and a consensus reached quickly, to minimize the interruption of the match.
    If this was implemented, the refs who jump to a wrong decision, if they are man enough, can have a few moments to reflect, and admit they made a mistake.
    You never know, it might actually endear a few refs to us!!
    Still, this is all logical thinking ( yeah, even from me) so won’t have a cat in hells chance of becoming a reality.
    I blame McCarthy.

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  32. http://www.wolves.co.uk/page/player/Home

    You all should watch this – very interesting!

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    • Exeter Wolf says:

      Just watched it. Fair play to Mick for standing his ground and sticking up for the club & Nenad. We already know how stubborn he can be. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get in trouble with those twats at the FA for his comment though!

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    • Just watched it Hamlet,Mick got it right but if mick’s not gonna say something why does’nt
      MOXEY AND Morgan slate the bastards in the press because somebodys got to,,

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  33. A terrible decision it was but I don’t think you can say it’s a big club, little club thing as Wigan’s decision was overruled. It’s probably what Mick said; they can’t overturn too many as it makes their refs look bad. Put simply the FA are a farce. They didn’t help themselves when they defended Rooney. They must have known it would come back to bite them on the arse.

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    • 1)You dont have to be a conspiracy theorist to believe some referees are responding to sub-conscious pressures in there decision making.

      2)Of course Wigan and Wolves get some decisions but it doesnt mean they get as many as Man Utd etc.

      3)I think its possible Mick could be facing some sort of charge after his comments today.

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      • This is what makes me sick Colin, We get shafted for the umpteenth time from bent referees who never have the spine to stand up in front of the cameras and justify their actions, yet the manager who could lose his job through such incompetence gets the charge.
        What about Motson, Pleat, Ekoko, Redknapp, Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas, Paul Merson and a hundred others who said Milijas’ sending off wasn’t even a booking?
        Mick says the same thing and he’ll get charged for it.
        If there wasn’t so much money at stake in the Premier League, I’d prefer to see us in the NPower League. This league stinks.

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  34. Sorry to disagree with Ben but I find the idea that there is some sort of conspiracy against us utterly ludicrous. What would their motivation be for starters?

    Here are a few lucky decisions we have had this season:

    1/ Offside call against Sunderland at the death that was clearly well onside.
    2/ Hideous foul from behind by Henry on Barton – possible red. No foul given.
    3/ Arguable handball by O’Hara in build-up to Sunderland winner. Often given.
    4/ Blatant foul by Johnson on Long when clean through – should have seen red.
    5/ Henry foul on Cahill vs Everton should have been a penalty.
    6/ Berra fouls in penalty box every game! But definitely against O’Shea and Olsson.

    If you want to go back into previous seasons as some are then you can’t ignore the offside call against West Ham in the dying seconds that could have ended up relegating us if justice had been done. And how about this Henry challenge that went completely unpunished? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqqR-Yxrar4

    Of course, some of these decisions won’t even be remembered – and that’s the point. Fans will always remember the decisions against their team.

    Tony Pulis and Owen Coyle have both prepared dossiers defending their team against supposed bias. Rafa Benitez ranted about it. Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson have hinted at a vendetta against them lately. Every club thinks the FA is against them. They can’t all be right… in fact, none of them are.

    Even if you are convinced Wolves are getting the rough end of decisions, there are many more plausible reasons for it without thinking it is a malevolent anti-Wolves agenda at the heart of the FA.

    1) Big clubs may get more decisions because there is more pressure on the referee from bigger crowds and players surrounding the official – clubs like Arsenal and Barcelona are used to calling for red cards because as passing sides they are attuned to believing opponents are out to kick them and disrupt their rhythm. This idea is bound to transmit to a weak referee.

    2) Mick McCarthy may be right and the FA want to back Stuart Attwell if they possibly can. He’s a young referee who has been fast-tracked to the top (in my view, seemingly beyond his capabilities) and they don’t want to be seen to be continually undermining him. Not anti-Wolves just pro-Attwell?

    Basically, I just think we should keep things in perspective. The decisions we are talking about hardly build a compelling case for victimisation. It’s not like a ghost goal has been given against us – It’s mainly that Jonathan Woodgate wasn’t sent off for a couple of tackles!

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  35. While I don’t think there’s a conspiracy against Wolves specifically, everything in Ben’s article is spot on. Namely:

    * Milijas should not have been sent off in the first place against Arsenal. It was a terrible decision.

    * The FA were wrong not to rescind the red card. This was an even worse decision. And the fact they turn Milijas away after appealing Rooney’s Euro ban for a clear off the ball assault is staggering hypocrisy.

    * The big clubs DO get the benefit of the decisions, partly because of home crowd pressure but more so because they crowd the referee and get away with it.

    * Pressuring the referee does bring results and if we’re all accepting it’s part and parcel of the modern games, Wolves should, as Stephen Hunt says, do more of it.

    * Mick McCarthy himself DOES need to be more streetwise and fight our corner better. His press conference today was impressive. Nice to see some resistance.

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    • Adam, it isn’t ‘mainly that’s at all. Your defence smacks of someone scurrying busily around to conjure up some cases for the defence, when two or 3 are plain wrong. Why swear black is white Adam? O’Haras was NOT a handball. Fact. So why say it was? Why so desperate? And you advocate sending off Henry against QPR for a foul 100yards from goal? And the ref gave Everton a pen in sympathy to level It all up anyway, which Moyes as good as admitted. Do me a favour. Seriously Adam?
      You’ve out argued yourself mate. You freely admit big clubs get all the decisions. Thus, there is an anti-wolves agenda. You’ve said it yourself.
      If you want to wank off the FA for raping our club, please come back with a better effort than that. Those examples were pathetic.

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      • Raping? Get a grip.

        Just took them from this site: http://www.debatabledecisions.com/

        Not the authority (or up to date) but just gives a different perspective.

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        • You scour the web for justification for this outrageous, shameful decisions, and i’ll concentrate on expressing my outrage when my club is raped. Yes Adam.
          Enlighten me then and defend it.
          That website is as subjective as you say i am with the snivelling examples youve cobbled together.
          It obviously doesnt bother you that our club is marginalised for other clubs’ benefit (which you’ve admitted) but it fucking well does me.

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          • Alternatively, I’ll continue to read around the topic to try and reach informed conclusions while you keep on your blinkers and blame the bogeyman at the FA!
            UTW.

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            • So my conclusion that the FA has raped Wolves by refusing to overturn a decision (that is proven by video evidence to be scandalous) is uninformed?
              Seriously Adam, tell me what part of your retort is informed?
              You haven’t even found an excuse for it yet, despite my requests. All you’ve done is come up with a conclusion that the FA do favour big clubs and a link to a website.
              Why give it the UTW when you spend more time defending the FA instead of voicing your disbelief at this heinous precedent?
              Your logic astounds me: defend the authority that makes a mockery of equality and argue at fans like me who show a pair of testicles for asking what the fuck is going on.
              I’ll ask one final time Adam. (and I.don’t want trite website references):
              Was this FA decision a peversion of justice, equality and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
              A yes or no will do.

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              • Yeah I think it was the wrong decision. I just don’t think it was a corrupt decision.

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  36. BAZZA (Selly Oak) says:

    Ben it’s New Year’s Eve tomorrow pal, have you been celebrating early? You’re being more defensive than McCarthy was when he employed Henry, Potter, Ward and Elliot in the same midfield. Get back to the quality blogs, we don’t need to peddle this “little old wolves” nonsense.

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    • Bazza, I am wondering why I bother mate. How can this decision not outrage any right minded football fan – let alone Wolves fan?
      Yes, I am being defensive because little old Wolves have been shafted up the rectum because of a reason nobody wants to offer (in response to my cretinous conspiracy)
      I’ll tell you what pisses me off Bazza…
      1. The FA dumping its biased subordination on OUR club
      2. Me getting called a cretin for wanting an explanation for their faceless hypocricy (no ‘fan’ has yet offered me one)

      I take it MM is a cretin for today’s press conference?

      George Orwell would love some people on here. Force feed the truth, slag off a fan like me for daring to defend little old Wolves.

      The best bit of all of this is that NOBODY has even attempted to conjure up a defence of the FAs decision…
      …yet I am the cretin writing a shit blog.

      The next blog I am writing is along the lines of: if a burglar broke into Molineux and stole the South Bank and pitch at gunpoint who do fans blame? a) the burglar b) the club for their cretinous small club mentality?

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      • Ben, I’m as outraged as you are mate, I even wrote (a not as good as) blog about it too! I actually don’t know how anyone can back the FA, or say we get as many good decisions because well, we don’t! We’ve been fucked over too many times, and often by the same refs (Atwell, Halsey, Mariner).

        I wouldn’t say it’s a conspiracy against us alone, but if we had been playing Bolton/Wigan/Stoke etc and that tackle had happened then everyone would have said ‘great tackle’ (as it happened) and carried on! But as it’s against Arsenal, it is a red, just like Henry’s two years back.

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        • well I’ve read both Louie and Ben’s blogs and I think they are both excellent but I have to say that Mick’s powerpoint presentation eclipses both. What a guy! I know this is pretty much the slag off Mick blog but I have to say I’m proud to have him as our manager!

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  37. These are the days.... says:

    It’s quite simple really. Attwell is untouchable. Thats about it really.

    Great, well structure and passionate blog Ben Dave and Dan….. Funny as fuck. Surely he’s also a bit of a Rodney.

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