Guardiola is right to be unhappy & Sorry Spurs

Elneny’s red card has been rescinded. His sending off could have been costly, the completely useless Andy Marriner clearly lost the plot when the game got heated (as it should be) Has Marriner been punished  with a suspension or demotion? No, he hasn’t Should he be?

The referee and two linesmen wrongly decided Sane was offside when scoring for MC last night possibly costing MC the victory and with it many millions of pounds. Were the referee and linesmen questioned about their mistake? Has there been any fuss apart from Guardiola being sent to the stands for stating a truth?

This post could go the VAR route but we have covered the subject in depth, instead I am questioning the punishment of referees who make blatant errors.

Chas mentioned Graham Poll yesterday, my example would also be against Newcastle when Phil Dowd gave the worst example of refereeing in my footballing experience in a 4-4 draw at St James in 2011. Dowd escaped with an unblemished record having given Diaby a red card, awarded two highly dubious penalties to the Magpies and allowed Barton, Tiote and others to repeatedly kick our boys.


Yes, I know the argument about referees only being human and mistakes can be made but the general standard is poor. And of course, all referees are wa**ers, They have to be to pick up the whistle.

On another subject …

Did you know that since Spurs last won a major trophy (i.e. not the Carabootee Cup) in 1991, Arsenal have won the same number of trophies as Spurs have in their entire history!!

Ooh to be, Ooh to be, Ooh to be a Gooner

written by BR


46 Responses to Guardiola is right to be unhappy & Sorry Spurs

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Good morning Fred or whatever it is where you are.

  2. steve jackson says:

    Salty Much?

  3. jess says:

    Arsenal can live in the past…Spurs can live in the present.

  4. Hjörvar (from Iceland) says:


  5. Shannon says:

    Love it … A happy Gunner. COYS!!

  6. Steve says:

    Nothing else to write about? Run out of pants to sniff? Melt.

  7. chas says:

    Haha, cheers, BR.

    Bit sneaky putting the scummers in the tags.
    Love it. 🙂
    They only won the FA Cup in 1991, thanks to a ref bottling sending off Gascoigne and a Des Walker OG.
    Gazza’s foul was a 100% red card as it was waist high. Once the ref realised the daft Geordie had only injured himself he failed to take the spuds down to 10 men as he should have done. Well, that’s my memory of it anyway. 🙂

    That offside decision last night was a disgrace. What is the point of the extra knbhead on the goal line if he couldnt spot that it came off Milner when it was right in front of him?

  8. chas says:

    Haha, over a 1000 visitors so far. You can smell the boiling piss in N17 from here.

  9. GunnerN5 says:

    GunnerN5 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    GB here are the seasons that have been covered so far –

    1937 1938
    1952 1953
    1988 1989
    1997 1998
    1932 1933
    1934 1935
    1947 1948
    1933 1934
    1990 1991
    2001 2002

  10. jess says:

    Unless wiki lies If you choose to leave out the League Cup then Spurs have won 13 major trophies and Arsenal have only won 12 ( since 1991 )

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Raddy,

    Oh to be a Spud – their last major trophy was in the last century!!!

  12. GunnerN5 says:

    Jess – take note of the fact that in the past 25 years Spurs have only won 2 league cups with umpteen different managers while Arsene Wenger has won 3 PL titles and 7 FA Cups.

    Spurs Trophy wins.

    League competitions
    First Division/Premier League 1950–51, 1960–61

    Cup competitions

    FA Cup Winners (8): 1900–01, 1920–21, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1966–67, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1990–91

    League Cup:[134] Winners (4): 1970–71, 1972–73, 1998–99, 2007–08

    UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup:[136] Winners (1): 1962–63

    UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League:: 1971–72, 1983–84

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Ha Ha. Fine stat GN5.

    Strange that none of the Spuds commented on the main subject of the post. I guess reading more than 120 letters is beyond them.

  14. GunnerN5 says:

    Raddy, Jess has gone in silent mode – I guess the stats are hard for him to read – facts always talk.

  15. GoonerB says:

    Cheers Raddy. The current refereeing standards in the EPL leave a lot to be desired. To be expected when you see who is in charge of the refereeing here. Souness backed him into a corner in a live video chat regarding a penalty decision recently (can’t remember which game) and I think his stance made him look a complete idiot.

    To be honest though I think the refereeing is pretty bad everywhere. We see some absolute shockers in Europe as well which makes me question our Icelandic friend above. Last nights decision was not by English referees and there have been some refereeing performances by non English refs that have beggared belief.

    I can only think of a couple of decent refs TBH. One that stands out is the fellow who refereed 1-2 weeks back in the ECL. Forget his name but he might be German.

    I think no English refs going to the world cup is perhaps partly a reflection of a drop in standards over here, but similarly I don’t think it is an indication that non English refs are far superior. Probably it has more of a political correctness about it, that they have to show inclusiveness across the globe. There will be some shockers with refs way out of their depth at the WC but they need to be there to represent that continent.

  16. GoonerB says:

    GN5, I forget by what criteria you have judged the best seasons by but I can only think of 3 that would stand out now, and all with us as league title winners.

    I will try and guess them in cryptic code so as not to spoil it for others 🙂

    A busty Chapman’s first
    A tasty first double entendre in the era of the Bee Gees
    A team nick-named in the style of Marvel comic character’s

    Sorry, not very good at this cryptic stuff 🙂

  17. GunnerN5 says:


    Only time will tell –

    I’ve only shared my criteria with Chas and he was not in complete agreement but in the end as the writer/researcher Chas (being a gent) allowed me to have the final say.

    After the last post you can all make your own decision’s on the sequencing of the top thirteen seasons.

  18. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy, and right on every count.

    The 4:4 with Newcastle was the worst example I have seen of biased refereeing … it wasn’t incompetence, it was a deliberate effort to give toon an unfair advantage.

    I think refs do sometimes get sanctioned when they make serious mistakes … but do they ever look at referees’ stats against certain teams and ask why they consistently give a disproportionate number of penalties or cards …. way above statistical probability?

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  22. RA says:

    A lovely little Post, BR, micky-taking at its best. 🙂

    There have been many ‘peculiar’ refereeing decisions over the years, and not just English or British guys either. I seem to recall the ‘goal’ a yard past the goal line but not given for England against Germany in the South Africa World Cup — but there you go.

    We have run the gamut of reasons for these cockups on AA, and I prefer to put it down to incompetence decisions, or maybe nerves in front of large EPL or ECL crowds, and the poor support given to the ref by the rest of the assistant referees.

    But Poll and Dowd were truly shocking in their different ways.


    Cheers Raddy

    On her deathbed my dear old mums last words to me were “Terry, never trust a middle aged man who enjoys wearing shorts”. Everybody said to me afterwords don’t worry, it was the drugs, confusion etc, but inside I knew. She was warning me about Referees.

    Don’t like Totnumb either. I was sure that my old mans last words to me would be “Terry, don’t trust Totnumb fans, there disheveled”, but instead he passed a betting slip to me. By the time I returned from the bookie he had passed on. The only consolation was his bet came in so in his honour I used the dough to get blind drunk and somehow accidentally ended up in a brothel.

    Sorry for not been around, I have been nursing a broken heart. After grappling with a train spotter type in Asda over the last box of Sugar Puffs I was evicted by the most beautiful security lady I had ever seen. The way she roughly manhandled me as we both got covered in sticky sugar puffs convinced me it was true love.

    The next day I returned to the store, making sure I wasn’t recognised by wearing a hat and buying a box of cornflakes.

    She was a lot younger than me, in fact, I was probably old enough to be her father, so as not to appear creepy, sneaked up behind her and whispered “ I know your younger and that i can’t play the guitar and think pop stars performing benefit concerts achieves f*uck all, but I really believe we have a cereal connection”

    This time I was thrown out by the manager and a male security guard. I was devestated. Reminded of her, I now can not face eating a breakfast which requires some form of milk combination, so sadly am reduced to eating a full English every day.

    However I’m getting stronger every day, and with all those sausages, a lot fatter. Tomorrow, because my confidence is returning I may test the water, and have some wheatabix? Such is love.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring.

  24. RA says:

    Hiya Terry, 😀 😀

    You are a priceless treasure!

    If you stand for Prime Minister I would vote for you — of course that would be illegal in my case, but I would go to prison for you!!! 😀 😀

  25. RA says:

    Those heart breaks follow you around, Terry — and by the way – the warning about men wearing short shorts was not about referees — she was telling you to wear some long trousers — at 25 it was about time!! 😀

  26. fred1266 says:

    Still in bed BR what about you

  27. GunnerN5 says:

    Terry’s back so all is well in my blogging world, thanks for yet another laugh.

    Keep away from her she may be the dreaded cereal killer.

  28. fred1266 says:

    Deeney claiming cojones comment has save our season steups

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks Erik
    Transplant brilliant

    Anyone watching Real Juve 3-3. Extra time looming

  30. Aaron says:

    Eufadridlona strikes again as only it know how!
    Was there ever a doubt?

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  34. Eddie says:

    terry is on drugs, nobody who’s sober could come up with such gags. I am not going to Asda again, clearly it is not safe there

  35. chas says:

    2,300 visitors for BR’s spud-dangling post!

  36. Eddie says:

    Erikson must be well peed off not because Kane was awarded the goal, but because they appealed the decision against their own player, bad bad taste

  37. Eddie says:

    the above is an australian river turtle that breathes through his genitals 🙂

  38. Eddie says:

    I thought most men think with their genitals

  39. Eddie says:

    all home teams won in Europe last week. Hope this is not the case this week

  40. Eddie says:

    Mustafi’s warning:

    “Trailing 4-1 after the first leg in the Nom Camp, the Serie A side pulled off a remarkable comeback to win 3-0 at Stadio Olimpico and reach the semi-final.

    The situation in our quarter-final tie is the same – we lead 4-1 after the first leg at Emirates Stadium, and Mustafi says last night’s shock has come at the “perfect time” for us.

    “I think it came as perfect timing for us, to see that it is football, you are never safe especially when you win at home and have the away game,” Mustafi said. “You have to be very careful how you show up and I think the game we saw yesterday was perfect timing for us to show us that we have to be really focused and really concentrated to finish off the job we did in the first leg.

    “I did watch it, I thought Roma did a brilliant job. It isn’t easy when you lose the first game 4-1, especially against Barcelona, a team who can always score.

    “I think they did a brilliant job but it is nothing that surprises me. Now I have been a few years in professional football and I know this happens often.”

  41. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Slow start. Recuperating from last night’s meeting of the Beserkers Rowing Club.

  42. mickydidit89 says:


    Anyone see the Ronaldo pen? It was magnificent

  43. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

    Micky. He is quite a good player, isn’t he?

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