We are still all in shock after Arsenal's defeat to Stoke yesterday, and Arsene Wenger thinks that his strike force was ineffectual, but the defeat was simply down to a bad decision by the referee who awarded Stoke a penalty. Wenger said on Arsenal.com: "I felt we had a good defensive performance and overall we [.
Let's not kid ourselves Arsenal fans, Bayern Munich are strong favourites to retain their Champions League crown this season for good reason. They may be without Franck Ribery, Shaqiri and Badstuber but they have an awesome array of talent and the Gunners, as Per Mertesacker declared, will need to perform brilliantly and for things to [.
Arsenal head to Aston Villa tonight needing a win to go back to the top of the Premier League. Chelsea rode their luck a bit in the first half against Hull and came out winners, then Manchester City survived a tough test away to Newcastle, so Arsenal are back in third and have to win [...]
All Arsenal fans have got used to Arsene Wenger failing to see errors by his own team on the pitch, but blaming the referee when opponents get away with the slightest infringement, but after last nights game, it would seem that Wenger is correct in saying that Chelsea were helped by Mike Dean's decisions.
A lot of Arsenal fans will have some concern about tomorrow's game against Manchester United, as traditionally there has been a feeling that the Old Trafford factor or the influence of Alex Ferguson has caused referees to be somewhat generous to the home side. The man in charge tomorrow will be Michael Oliver, and I [.
Referee Howard Webb and his team of officials swapped shirts at half-time during yesterday's match between Newcastle and Arsenal amid fears that their yellow jerseys were irresistible to Tyneside's insect life. After being bitten by midges in the first-half, Webb and his assistants swapped to green shirts at half-time.
It's all too common to see footballers and coaches laying their hands onto match officials, but your rarely see the refs fight back. That's exactly what referee Juan Pompei did as he struggled to keep a lid on a bad-tempered match between Newell's Old Boys and Arsenal. The video above gives you a taster of [.
There is little doubt that Arsenal should have won the game against Everton at the Emirates last night, but it seems to me that a lot of fans are taking it too hard. Yes, it was a great chance for the Gunners to fire themselves into a commanding position in the Premier League, but we are still in with a very good chance.
Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal should have taken their chances and also won all three points in last night's match against Everton, and he thinks that David Moyes' men were overly Ã¯ntimidating" at times. Wenger was asked what his thoughts were after the match: "My first answer is that we should have won the game.
Nani's red card against Real Madrid prompted much debate as to whether or not it was merited. Most Manchester United fans protested that it was an incorrect decision. And Roy Keane gleefully took up the case for the referee. As if to rub salt into the wounds, United supporters watching last night's match between Bayern [.
After Yaya Toure was left off the hook for his kick on Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, and Craig Bellamy's three-game ban for his incident with Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman, the Football Association has been under a lot of criticism. In the case of Yaya Toure, I am not sure how he escaped any type of fine or ban.
All Premier League matches will use goal-line technology from the start of next season. Representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs ratified a decision to implement Hawkeye technology from next season. The Community Shield at Wembley is likely to be the first game in English football to use the technology.
Referee Mark Halsey has been dropped from refereeing matches in the Premier League for the second week in a row.
Halsey was the referee who missed Callum McManaman's horror tackle on Newcastle United's Massadio Haidara. After Halsey missed the controversial tackle in the Premier League match in March, the referee was dropped from last weekend's Premier League matches in England and Wales.
Jose Mourinho has branded Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen as the 'special guy' for his apparent ability to influence referees. The Chelsea boss was infuriated by the Belgian's role in Fernando Torres' red card, which came in the same week that he had managed to avoid conceding a penalty despite pulling down the shorts of Aston [.
http://youtu.be/QGDusbmCoew?t=3m35s Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom was shown a red card while captaining England Under-21s last night. The Reds right-back kicked out at a Finnish opponent right in front of the referee with 16 minutes remaining in last night's 1-1 draw. A free-kick had already been awarded against Wisdom when showing that his surname might [.
Mario Balotelli was booked during AC Milan's win against Torino at the weeked... by team-mate Sulley Muntari. The former Manchester City striker scored a late winner in the match and removed his shirt during the goal celebration. Seeing that the referee was about to dish out the inevitable yellow card to his team-mate, Muntari pinched [.
Occasional England team-mates Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney clashed during last night's West Ham versus Manchester United match. The pair tangled at the corner that led to Carroll's head-first assault on David De Gea. After a bit of usual set-piece pushing and shoving, Rooney appeared to tread on Carroll's foot, Sunday League style.
Referee Mark Clattenburg suffered an embarrassing moment during yesterday's encounter between Reading and Liverpool when he realised he had forgotten his cards. Clattenburg forgot to bring his notepad and yellow and red cards out for the second-half of the match. He only realised he had left the items in his dressing room when he attempted [.
Barnsley were forced to play their Championship clash with Crystal Palace in their opponents' away kit on Saturday. Ahead of the match, referee Kevin Stroud decided that both Barnsley's home and away strips were to similar to Palace's red and blue home kit. Left with no suitable kit to wear, the Tykes had to don [.
A topsy-turvy couple of weeks in Spain has hinted at a changing of the guard in La Liga. Amid all the upheaval, perhaps the most bizarre change of all is Real Madrid centre-back Pepe's staking an unlikely claim to the moral high ground. Despite regularly picking up red cards and fines for his part in [.
Opposition fans have always felt that referees didn't do them any favours at Old Trafford, so you can understand the controversy surrounding the revelations that Sir Alex Ferguson used to text referee Hark Halsey. The details are revealed in Halsey's new book in which the ref admits texting Fergie, including to get his support for [.
This is a difficult report to write whilst staying calm. But I shall try my best. Following the 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu, Old Trafford was the stage last night as Ronaldo and co. entered Manchester for round two. Which focus point you paid heed to most depended largely on what newspaper you read. Was Ronaldo ready to light up his old home with his magic once again?
1. Accidentally kicking an opponent with your eyes firmly on the ball is a straight red card. This could be the end of the overhead kick as we know it. 2. Cristiano Ronaldo has perfected the 'walking back from an offside position' goal celebration. 3. Claiming that the better team lost, skulking off without celebrating, [.
Careful, the referee has a camera and can capture your every move
As common as the notion of an All Star Game is in American sports, it remains a novelty in football. And because of the sheer global nature of the game that makes it impossible to truly get the world's best players together, the MLS All Star Game always seems to be a great midsummer event when the world is only consumed by (other) meaningless friendlies.
We can shoot video with a pair of glasses now. With the same pair of glasses, we can also translate languages, search the Internet, find directions, and send text messages, if we are willing to pay $1500 and look a little foolish. I can't vouch for their optical capacity.
Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson nearly scored the best own goal of all time during yesterday's victory over Everton. The Sweden international unleashed an overhit 45-yard backpass that very nearly lobbed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Mignolet was forced into emergency action and had to catch the ball before it sailed over his head and into the net.
Fearing he didn't look daft enough wearing his mask, Fernando Torres (or Zorres as he's been renamed by virtue of the mask) donned a pair of fake spectacles during this afternoon's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City. The Spaniard was displeased at referee Chris Foy's failure to award him a penalty in the closing [.
The biggest talking point of Wigan's victory over Newcastle this afternoon was this outrageous tackle from Callum McManaman. The Latics youngster put Newcastle full-back Massadio Haidara in hospital with a crazy knee-high challenge, which went unpunished by referee Mark Halsey.
Throughout the 2010 World Cup in South Africa there were calls to ban the vuvuzela, primarily because of the ear drum-persecuting drone that they insist upon. Now there's an even more pressing reason to cork the plastic horns one has been used to assault a match official! The sour note happened in the first [.
For years now, the droning buzz of vuvuzelas has assaulted everyone's ears. But now the plastic horns themselves are being used as weapons against referees. During Saturday's South African Premier League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows, two fans were so angry about the referee's decision to show a red card that they stormed the pitch and one of them hit the ref with his vuvuzela.
According to FIFA.com, Clarence Seedorf had played more than 800 matches over more than 20 years without ever getting a red card in his career. But that impressive streak came to an end just before the final whistle in Botafogo's 2-1 win against Madureira when he was booked twice for not leaving the pitch in a fashion the referee found suitable upon being substituted.
Robin van Persie is still frustrating by the ridiculous decision to send Nani off during our Round of 16 game against Real Madrid.
According to the Laws of the game, at worst it was a yellow card, but the referee incorrectly opted to send Nani off. FIFA Law 12: If a player plays in a dangerous manner in a "normal" challenge, the referee should not take any disciplinary action.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Arsenal's chances in the home leg against Bayern Munich were destroyed by the referee. Whether he was right or wrong to send off Wojciech Szczesny, when Robben seemed to have tipped the ball quite far away from goal, is not the dicussion here. The fact is that it ruined [.
Disappointment for Dnipro as dismissal ruins chances - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A controversial red card swings in Spurs' favour to secure their place in the Europa League last 16, but what can be done to reduce seemingly unjust decision making?
Minutes into the second half and the Europa League game between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Tottenham Hotspur is finally heating up, with Roman Zozulya putting one past Hugo Lloris to take the lead at White Hart Lane, doubling their aggregate and gaining the away goal.
This has to be one of the most entertaining andunbelievable hissy-fits we have ever witnessed from a football manager. The match in question is a top-tier Bulgarian clash between CSKA Sofia and Botev Vratsa and the madness kicks off when a Botev player concedes a red card for a handball in his own area.
Independiente defender Johny Dos Santos was not pleased with the referee's decision to only add four minutes of injury time at the end of his side's 1-0 loss to Marilia in Brazil's Paulista A3 league. So, when the ref blew his whistle for full time, Dos Santos jogged over to him and then kicked the official in the shoulder.
Early in the second half of an Argentine second division match between Boca Unidos and Gimnasia, the referee was hit square in the chest with a rock thrown from the stands. Trailing 1-0 to the visiting Gimnasia, Boca Unidos fans were angered further by the referee's decision to show one of their players a red card.
Winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1994, Nigeria were obviously eager to celebrate after beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final. In fact, Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was so eager to celebrate that as soon as the referee took the ball from him and blew the final whistle, he tried to jam his head between the official's legs and lift him up on his shoulders.