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Nani’s Red Card spotlights football’s descent into purgatory.

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Nani’s Red Card spotlights football’s descent into purgatory.

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“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary”

Never have I felt more enraged by football’s impotent regulatory boards than this. This is an affront to every football fan in the land. It is grotesque viewing and it has to be stopped.

If football ever had more need of a respect campaign worthy of the name it is now.

The sight of Rio Ferdinand sarcastically applauding the referee directly in front of his face for what he perceived was a poor decision makes my blood boil. If I was the referee I would have wanted to punch him in the face and tell him to grow up.

This is spoilt little boy behaviour.

And Sir Alex Ferguson?  Is this conduct becoming of a “Sir”?

In this modern society unfortunately it is and it stinks the place out.

Even worse is Henry Winter writing in today’s Telegraph.  One of the most respected football journalists on the planet resorting to:

“Wonderful European fixtures like this should not be decided by a referee’s incompetence”.

Mr Winter should know better than to start deriding the referee’s performance when his own readership is so divided on the issue.

There is a poll on the telegraph website which asks:

“Should Nani have been given a red card?”

It was split 50/50 when I looked and that tells you everything you need to know about how hard it is to make refereeing decisions in the blink of an eyelid.

It is what it is.

Stop castigating the referee and start focusing on the real issue here – sporting conduct in football is becoming non-existent.

Referees have a comprehensive rating and slating mechanism that they have to live up to. They are scrutinised by their own peers and consistent mistakes mean they end up in the football backwaters refereeing the equivalent of the Football Conference – if you want to see some shocking refereeing decisions just come and watch AFC Telford any given Saturday.

Whether the decision is right or wrong this in depth examination of refereeing decisions has to stop or else we will end up with a sporting contest that is marred by horrible questioning of every judgement call that doesn’t go your way.

It is already going beyond the bounds of sporting decency. The constant swearing at the assistant referee for being caught offside, the Ferguson foul mouthed rants at the fourth official. The haranguing of the referee.

Why can’t participants be brought to account for bringing the game into disrepute?

Howard Webb made several calls that left players on the pitch in the last World Cup final that would have been a sending off by most other referee’s standards and indeed the karate kick that merited a ticking off in that game was far worse than the studs up challenge by Nani in this game that merited a red.

The referee’s decision is final. When are we ever going to get back to that doctrine?

This is not enjoyable to watch, read or listen to.

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