Sir Alex Ferguson and referees selection

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Post by Clockwork Orange Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:59 am

It is a well known fact that human behaviour is modified by rewards and punishments, therefore in order to have a fair system of refereeing it is vital that all referees are treated equally and objectively when it comes to assessing their performances. It is also vital that for a referee selection process to be free from bias, it has to be pretty random and free from outside influence. Unfortunately the PGMO's referee selection and assessment process, run by Mike Riley, is flawed, subjective and highly subject to outside influence. Mike Riley's own objectivity and bias has been called into question by managers in the past.

Yet another blatant example of Sir Alex Ferguson having an obvious influence on referee selection has reared its ugly head this week. Chris Foy, who refereed Manu's defeat to Tottenham, has been bizarrely demoted to a League 2 game this weekend, his first League 2 game since 2006. Obviously our friends at the FA deny this is a 'demotion' and claim it is just part of his normal refereeing rota. Alex Ferguson insulted the refereeing after the game and should have been charged by the FA, instead Alex Ferguson appears to have got his own way yet again.

If one looks back at referees who have dared allow Manchester United to lose games in recent years, there is a clear trend of great concern after these Manu defeats. Alan Wiley refereed United’s 4-1 loss to Liverpool in 2009 and in that game, he gave both United and Liverpool penalties and sent off Nemanja Vidic. All 3 decisions were reasonable and Wiley was praised by Sky TV co-commentator Andy Gray for his performance; not even Ferguson complained. Later that year, Wiley was given another United game to referee and despite sending off Kieran Richardson of Sunderland, Wiley was lambasted by Ferguson for being “fat and unfit”. The game ended 2-2. That would be the end of Wiley’s refereeing career. Wiley, it says cryptically on his Wikipedia page, “agreed to retire” at the end of that season. Agreed with whom? No one knows.

Last season, Manchester City romped to a 6-1 win at Old Trafford, inflicting on their rivals their biggest embarrassment under Ferguson. The referee on that day was Mark Clattenburg. He sent Johnny Evans off in the second half for a clear professional foul. There have been 34 Man United league games since that day and Clattenberg has not refereed a single one of them. The same absence of United fixtures after refereeing a United defeat is common to Martin Atkinson and Chris Foy as well. There are also some other remarkable coincidences after the refereeing of United defeats.

Whether there is rank corruption or just biased decision making as a result of dodgy processes is open to question, however what is clear is that the referee selection procedure and system is far too open to influence and consequently bias. Untold Arsenal's statistical analysis of referee performances show this is now beyond significant doubt. Manchester United have far too much influence within the game and on referee selection, and this is consequently giving them an unfair advantage over their competitors. Referees like Howard Webb know that it is career dynamite to be favourable to Manu with one's decisions making, while it is career death to dare to upset Sir Alex with a defeat.

The PGMO is not fit for purpose, it is simply not good enough that the richest league in the whole of the world has such a hidden and subjective method of selecting referees for games. We have seen in many other countries including in Italy how just a bit of influence on this process can result in massive bias, this appears to be happening under our very noses in the Premier League. The silence of the media is one of the most worrying aspects of this, journalists are either scared of the ability of Ferguson and Manu to end their careers, or they are more involved than we know, either way the world's 'greatest' league is beginning to stink of corruption.
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Post by Bellabong Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:28 am

Even though I'm the one that pointed this out this article is blowing this out of proportion.

When are referees selected?

The appointment of match officials for matches is traditionally announced each Monday with 19 referees available to officiate 10 Premier League matches and six selected Football League matches. The appointments are made by the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB).

When making the appointments, a number of factors are taken into account including:

The current form of the official

The referee’s position in the merit table

Overall experience

How often they have refereed the Clubs involved

Proximity to the ground or city in which they were born or live

The team the referee supports

International appointments (For example if referees have UEFA matches on Thursdays they will only be available for matches on Sundays or Mondays)


Please realise there is no difference between the Championship, League One and League Two. All 3 leagues are part of The Football League.

Chris Foy refereed several Championship and League One matches last season. (Source)

The fact that his game this weekend is in League Two simply means that one of the "six selected Football League matches" this weekend that needs to be reffed by a PL referee is in League Two. And it is his turn to ref a Football League game.

Conspiracy over. Go home.

Edit: Some other additions, because I've actually found this interesting to research.

Mark Halsey refereed United's 5-0 win away at Fulham last season. The following weekend he reffed Morecambe v Accrington in League Two . I don't remember that United game being controversial.

PL refs have reffed League Two games following a range of different games/results, and been back to PL games the following week. The number of specifically League Two games reffed by PL refs is low, only a handful or so each season. _

Each PL ref seems to ref several Football League games each season, except Martin Atkinson who reffed 0 last season, I'd say that shows he is highly regard by the FA. (Source)
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