Chris Foy adds Manchester City to his list of wronged teams

The biggest criticism you can make of a referee, is that he overshadows games that he officiates. Chris Foy, through that phenomenon, is becoming the poster-child for the introduction of video technology.

Two red cards in the QPR against Chelsea game, a clusterfuck of ineptitude through Stoke/Tottenham, and today’s series of poor decisions at Etihad Stadium. In all of those fixtures, the points were decided by the referee rather than the players. Yet again in a match overseen by Foy, we’re talking more about him than we are the football.

It’s not the pace of the game that’s rendering officials in this country so inept, nor is it a lack of understanding of the rules; instead, it’s a lack of common sense in our referees combined with there being too much scope for objectivity in the rules.

Vincent Kompany’s tackle of Nani wasn’t the product of malice, because frankly he’s not that stupid. A Premier League defender and a captain of a club doesn’t make a ‘reckless’ tackle inside the first half-an-hour of a cup tie against his side’s most bitter rival. Now, he may very well mistime a tackle, but that’s a yellow card – unless he’s using ‘unnecessary aggression’ or denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, he should be staying on the pitch.

It’s almost too easy to criticise Chris Foy, so what really needs to happen is a clarification of the rules around tackling. If guidelines are being set, yet a group of referees in the same country still show dramatic variations in their interpretations of those guidelines, then it’s probably time for a rethink.

Spare a thought for the players – one game’s fair tackle is another’s straight red card. When pundits and fans talk about consistency, this is what they mean. Given how low the footballing IQs of our referees seem to be, surely it’s time to take the interpretation element out of the rules that govern contact between players.

At least clarify the situation, because all of a sudden a fundamental part of the game seems to have been clouded into a grey area – and it’s ruining games.

On a side note, I thought the way in which Vincent Kompany reacted to his red card was outstanding – a captain’s example. Other City players may have bawled and screamed over the decision, but the Belgian just accepted it – regardless of its controversy. That’s quite rare in football now.

Posted on January 8, 2012, in General and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. We need accountability from Referees. Let the clubs taken legal action against the FA because you never hear a referee being reprimanded for poor performances. Or Even let an independent panel listen to appeals. Something must be done, because the whole becomes a tit for tat situation, which can lead to fans being the most disappointed.

  2. Anyone who was at The Hawthorns last season to see Albion v ManU will remember that Foy got only one out of 3 penalty decisions right that day, and consequently, neatly avoided having to send Gary Neville off. Neville as a result retired. Time for Foy to do the same?

  3. Good game United and and I don’t blame them for taking advantage of 9 men but in a game of this magnitude I cannot believe that no one else saw this. Referee was so pedantic about Kompany, so why suddenly switch to selective enforcement when it bestows even more advantage on opposing team.

    .(International decisions on Law 14)

    If, after the referee has given the signal for a PK to be taken, and before the ball is in play, a colleague of the player taking the kick encroaches into the penalty-area or within ten yards of the penalty-mark, the referee shall, nevertheless, allow the kick to proceed. If a goal is scored, it shall be disallowed, and the kick retaken.
    The players concerned shall be cautioned.
    If, in the circumstances described in the foregoing paragraph, the ball rebounds into play from the goalkeeper, the cross-bar of a goal-post, and a goal has not been scored, the referee shall stop the game, caution the player and award an IFK to the opposing team from the place where the infringement occurred, subject to the overriding conditions imposed in Law 13.

    Replays clearly show 2 United players in box before kick taken when Rooneys PK was initially saved.. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/video scroll to 7.18secs

    Rule is clear No goal! IFK for City!
    Its important that captains learn to respectfully remind ref of Law 14 when needed as it seems to be a secret to most so-called experts.

  4. Chris foy got that totally wrong
    Anybody that does not see that is wearing red glasses

  5. How is Chris Foy still employed as a ref??!! I consider myself a football fan who likes to see great games being played regardless of the teams.Of course i support a team but thats beside the point.When you hear Manchester City are playing Manchester United in the F.A cup all fans presume it will be a great game to watch. But when the ref gets so many decisions wrong it ruins the game for everyone who watches it. The worst part of it though, is that after someone like Foy has wrecked a match like that what happens? He goes home and thats that.No punishment,no reprisals,nothing, So he’s free to repeat the same incompetent mistakes game after game. Yet if a player/manager speaks out he is in the wrong. Its absurd and something must be done to stop inept refs destroying the game i love to watch!

  6. CHEET!

  7. if this challenge was as bad as rooney was making out you would have thought that nani would of made more of it just as he protests at every slight touch or push on him.
    foy was influenced by rooneys actions, hence the long delay in showing the red card. i think that a good ref would have deliberated over giving a yellow if that and if anyone reacted like rooney would then should penalise him instead or just give kompany a short talking to just to make it clear that no-one can influence the ref..
    anyway if city had all eleven kompany would have been there to clear the second goal and also be there to avert that penalty.

  8. You mean subjectivity not objectivity. Objectivity is what you want; subjectivity – ie not putting your own interpretation on the objective implementation of the rules. – is what you don’t. D’oh!

  9. Everyone makes mistakes but it how you deal with them and learn from them that sepperates the average-good-excellent.
    How foy ever got to the premiership is something to investigate i saw the Chelsea V Qpr match and he was worse than the Manchester game he got many wrong decisions and compounded it with continuous breaks in play which were totally unnecessary and he started to stick out like a sore thumb on the pitch. Qpr played well and it looked like it could of been a really high energy match but when you have the person with the whistle out of control the fa have to consider if that person is fit for purpose

  10. @ james he accepted it because hes not like all your united players who complain and try an influence the ref

  11. Foy is incompetent or corrupt – probably both.

  12. He accepted it right away becacause he knew what he did was a straight red, 10 out of 10 times no matter the “pace set” in the game.

  13. i also think that its a disgrace that as the referee is making his decision that rooney is in his ear most likely telling him to sent him off, this is i beliee just as much of a bookable offence and something that the refs should clamp down on.

    The referee was taking long enough to make his decision that i do believe rooney influenced it in someway.

    10mins into a derby i have seen worser tackles and more ferocious than that of kompany’s. At most a yellow, if not a tern speaking to. Also the refin seemed to be quite inconsistent, takcles from behind from united, unpunished also the elbow in augeros face left unpunished because evra already had a yellow card, all in all a poor ref’ed game which i believe spoilted the game.

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