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Know Thy Enemy … He’s Fat, And His Name Is Phil

Every referee is despised by at least one set of fans. The officials are supposed to be unbiased and fair, yet many obviously have a love for the “top four” clubs, regularly awarding dubious penalties and making baffling decisions to not annoy the big clubs. The referee I will focus on today is Phil Dowd, he who officiated the Carling Cup final last month between Manchester United and Aston Villa.

As with any Premiership referee, Dowd has his enemies and detractors. Rafael Benitez said he “needed glasses” after Liverpool’s defeat to Spurs back in August and Martin O’Neill isn’t exactly his best friend. The Villa boss was furious after Dowd refused to send off Nemanja Vidic in the Carling Cup final, despite giving Villa a penalty. O’Neill is glad that Dowd won’t be officiating any more Villa game this season, saying at the time:

“In fairness to both ourselves and our opposition, I don’t want him levelling something up again.

There’s a fair chance that he wouldn’t be refereeing any of our games again this season.”

Dowd last officiated in Liverpool’s win over Sunderland on Sunday and like every referee, he is prone to the odd mistake. At least he is not as bad as Howard Webb, who gives even more bizarre decisions in favour of the top four clubs, particularly when Spurs are playing them.

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