Sad to say, Clattenberk isn’t the thin edge of the wedge, he’s actually representitive of the current breed of referees that simply aren’t good enough.
Sure the whole thing is flawed anyway because technology is the answer, not sticking more goons around the touchlines, armed with – what the heck are those things, anyway – sex toys?
But increasingly we see referees ruin perfectly good games. Players are frequently being allowed to simulate for instance. Nani had a more contorted look on his face on a couple of occasions yesterday than Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon when he was being electrocuted on a meat-hook a crazed oriental.
The offside rule has become more complicated than Donald Trump’s hairdoo. Interfering with play, not interfering with play. In the goal keeper’s line of sight, not in the goal keeper’s line of …you do the hokey cokey and that’s what it’s all about.
Virtually every team has a tale of woe to tell. Martin Atkinson’s suspect time keeping Everton vs Manchester United. Liverpool fans have branded Atkinson a coward.
Andrew Mariner is a man who has second, third and fourth thoughts about sending off United players. Carlo Ancelotti and Steve Bruce have complained about him.
Mike Dean was actually demoted to the Championship after errors against Utd and Chelsea.
Fat Phil Dowd quite rightly labelled ‘spineless’ by Arsenal supporters. The list nightmares and niggles goes on and on and on.
So who’s the worst, in your book?
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