When referees finish matches in which their poor decisions have altered the game, you never hear from them and you never hear anything from the FA about the increasing number of errors being made by the officials in the Premier League – it’s almost like if you say nothing it may all go away and nobody will notice.
Mike Jones disallowing Cheick Tiote’s great goal on Sunday
In Sunday’;s game at Newcastle against Manchester City, referee Mike Jones made a huge error when he allowed a perfectly good (great) goal from Newcastle captain Cheick Tiote just before half time.
It turns out he thought the ball had touched Yoan Gouffran, which TV replays proved it didn’t, as the ball flew into the back of the net like a rocket from Cheick’s left foot.
And what usually happens in these case is that the powers that be give the next game to the referee in a lower division, or not give a game to the referee at all.
And that’s what’s happened to Jones as the Chester official is only the fourth official at Saturday’s game at Sunderland when the Black Cars take on Southampton.
The other thing that happened in the game is a nasty tackle on Samir Nasri from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and the Frenchmen has suffered medial knee damage and he will be out about eight weeks.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini thought the challenge deserved a straight red card, but the FA have done nothing about the tackle, since Sunday’s game.
We suppose a straight red card, in addition to the disallowed goal would have made it a little easier for City, but Pellegrini has Jones to thank for the 3 points they picked up at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
We still think that video replays will have to be used eventually in the Premier League, but only in situations that result in a disputed goal being scored – like on Sunday - so that the free flow of the game is not being interrupted.
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