arsene wengers coat wrote:
Iliketrains wrote:I said i'd be ok with a draw today and that's what we got. Could have been a win in the end but for some incorrect officiating but I doubt Evans could trump Donny's Darren Ferguson today after his post match rant against the standard of officials in the EFL after Rovers being denied a nailed on pen late on. I've not got a link sadly but if anyone can find it and gets a chance to listen to it then do, it's priceless. Pure managerial ranting gold.
Anyway, big effort from the lads today and the travelling Stags but it just wasn't quite enough to nick the win. No real harm done, still in 7th and an exciting week ahead with the Cardiff game followed by a home game against Cheltenham that we really should be winning. Taking nothing for granted however.
Just heard the interview on C5. Shooting people is quite drastic but he is right. Officiating at our lever is rancid at times. Which we are usually on the wrong end of.
To be fair to Ferguson the rant must have lasted about 3 minutes and other than the daft bit at the end about the shooting, i totally agreed with him. C5 cut the interview into a media friendly soundbite but that didn't give you the full passion of exactly what Ferguson was going on about. The C5 clip didn't d him any favours.
Obviously you can't go around saying shoot refs even though 10 -15 years ago that sort of statement would have been seen as just a bit of tongue in cheek humour and nobody would have batted an eyelid. It's as if by saying it in this day and age that people may actually believe that Fergie Junior is actually going to wipe out a load of refs with a sawn off when in actual fact it's just a throwaway comment. Unacceptable though nonetheless.
I've watched conference and league 2 footy for the past 20 years and as the standards and fitness of players has improved, along with the stakes now higher to win games of football, the officiating in the lower leagues has got worse and worse. IMO league football with professional full time clubs requires full time professional refs and not part time, part fit officials.