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Referees Not Held Accountable For Game-Changing Poor Decisions

The Chelsea game cost Newcastle United quite a lot last Saturday.

Demba Ba brought down by David Luiz after four minutes

Not only should have Newcastle been playing against 10 men after just four minutes, when referee Mike Dean should have sent David Luiz off, but to make it just a little bit harder to bear Mike has admitted to his mistake.

And on the opposite side of things 29 year-old referee Stuart Attwell mistakenly sent Gary Cahill of Bolton off against Tottenham and had his decision over-turned this week on appeal from Bolton.

The Mike Dean refereeing decision cost Newcastle probably 3 points and Attwell gifted Tottenham 3 points, and add to that we have lost both Steven Taylor and Danny Guthrie through injury – then last Saturday’s game was hardly a good one for the Magpies.

But would you believe both those referees have game sin the Premier League this weekend – where’s the accountability for these referee decisions that turn games?

This is what Alan Pardew said about it today:

“I would have felt very, very confident going into this period if I had had all of my squad here, but I haven’t,”

“The biggest problem from the weekend, and perhaps the decision from the referee that would have changed the game, is that we put in more effort against Chelsea than we have done in any other game this season.”

“That’s cost us injuries to Danny Guthrie and Steven Taylor. It just goes to show how important those decisions are.”

“It’s interesting to see that the referee at our place, who admits to a mistake, and the Bolton referee who sent Gary Cahill off at Tottenham have both got games this weekend. I think that’s something that is interesting.”

The thin Newcastle squad is now being exposed, and we wonder if Mike Ashley will come through and bring in say three good players in the January transfer window to strengthen the squad?

We hope so but we cannot see Mike spending more than say £10M on new players, but that may be enough.

Alan Pardew surely deserves to be supported for the great job he has done so far in his Newcastle career.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Mike Dean is a tool 1st

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    I was in the East stand on sat v Chelsea and how he didnt get sent off is beyond me……if thats Colo or Tayls they are gone…Dean bottled it because it was Chelsea simple

  • YorkshireToon81

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    He needs to bring players in that arent at the African Cup of Nations as the squad will be even thinner when that comes around!

    Tiote and Ba are both heading there!

    At this rate Mike Ashley will be dusting of his boots itching for a game!

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Btw the S”@t Colocinni chant was quality!


    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    C’est la vie, football has a way of balancing itself out. We had the luck of the refs decisions earlier in the season

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah true WWJBD, we got luck v Manure with the HBA pen decision to be fair!

  • TS -77

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Its a shame really for Guthrie as he has done well in Tiote´s injurie absence. But luckily we got loads of midfielders like Gosling, Abeid, Vuckic, Ben Arfa and dare I say it, Alan Smith, to fill in.


    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Colo-Sus aye lad and the Wolves match which we shouldnt of won but hey ho thats the game we love haha

    And tbh to Dean it was 4 minutes in, shouldnt matter but lets face it it does, so he would of had to have brass balls to send off a defender at such a early time. I dont think it cost us the match would of changed it but to say we would of won if he had been off is a bit OTT Colo would of still bowed out early and odds on Saylor’s leg would of gone boom reguardless

    Saylors injury put the game out of sight imo he couldnt run back for the 2nd goal and was unable to be on the pitch for the 3rd had he stayed fit would of ended 1-0 or possibly 1-1 but wasent to be. Thats just life

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #9

    WWJBD Yeah I see your point mate, just hope we get through Norwich unscathed, Got a funny feeling that Tiote could be being protected for a jan sale! Hope not like!


    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Aye Norwich is a troublesome little fixture but the lads will give their all and hopefully wont let their heads drop am not too worried about it tbh. As for Tiote I think he is just victim of our pants medical staff apparently they are trying to avoid surgery hence why he keeps getting knocked back but could be another lie from the club

    Bit worried about the situation as well though

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye worried is right mate, remember when a certain A.Carroll was injured around dec last year……never played for the club again……Squeaky bum time!


    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Haha aye but he barely plays for any club now…maybe that injury was REALLY bad haha

  • boater

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Pardew – get over it, you’re bigger than this. It was a bad decision but we were always meant to play chelsea on 11 Vs 11, so you cannot blame the ref for injuries that occurred in a contest that took place the way it was meant to.

    If Guthrie and Taylor weren’t fit to play against 11 players, they shouldn’t have been involved at all.

  • boater

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #14

    WWJBD – agreed mate. Pardew is normally classier than this – plus making a comment that the ref. shouldn’t be given games this weekend is a Fergie-like low blow.

  • Conan The Destroyer

    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Agreed boater, injuries happen regardless if Chelsea had 10 players or 11..

    We had a decision go our way against Man u..

    It just sucks that one of those injured was S Taylor..


    Dec 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah Pards is just looking for someone to blame…bit poor form from him imo

  • Sir Alan

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Bet Pardrew plays this team and we get a humping and the talk of the tyne has gone from champions league to championship!!:






    As much as i dislike that starting IX, i can’t see him playing any other and most championship teams would bang in a couple against that defence!

  • Sir Alan

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Jonas———Ben Arfa——–Ba

    Know which one i prefer!

  • Phatoon

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #19

    @Sir Alan

    The first one?

    At 5’8″ Simpson would get murdered at centre back. He’s been doing alright at right back. Just because we are missing one or two players doesn’t mean we should remove the other good bits to compensate…

  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Why do people keep talking about the time that Carroll was “apparently injured” then sold?

    He clearly was injured – he didn’t play till the end of March hahah

  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #21

    As for renaming Newcastle United to Sports Direct Newcastle, and playing in red, white & blue – come on… seriously… Ashley isn’t going to sabotage a £200m investment is he…

  • Kris

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #22

    My team for Norwich:
    Shola Ameobi-Ba

    Bench: Harper, Perch, Ferguson, Sammy, Ben Arfa, Best, Lovenkrands

    *Coloccini, if he is fit!

  • Kris

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Agree with you @phaton! He is to smal, especialy against Morison and Holt. I want to chance Simpson to the right back and Perch in the middle. Santon as an impact sub!

  • Dannyo

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24

    I want to say i trust Pardews tactics like i trust Carr, but i don’t :/ Just some of the things he’s done that i disagree with concerning tactics, some subs, and even some starters.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #25

    IF colo IS fit i would like to see colo and KADAR in center backs cause Norwich has good physical players there and i dont think PEARCH will adjust with them

  • planb

    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #26

    These ref decisions usually involve a brown paper envelope filled with cash taped under the refs sink!

  • martoon

    Dec 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m a bit worried the way AP is still harping on about the refereeing decisions – as people have said on here it has happened, your luck evens out and you can’t blame the referee for the injuries. I just wonder if something behind the scenes is bugging him – for instance he has been told there is no money available in January or he has been told to sell one of his top players? Of course I’m probably putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 or am I?

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 8, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Why do people continually spout this unproven theory, that ‘luck evens itself out’? Show me objective proof? I can almost guarantee it doesn’t.

  • Offkey

    Dec 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Agree with all those that says it lacks class, however, I wouldn’t go as far as to say it is on a par with Ferguson because he clearly called for a sacking………..this to me implies the need for suspensions or knocking down a league for awhile.

  • Kebabacus

    Dec 8, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #30

    My selection for the Canaries:

    ————- Krul

    Simpson Kadar Perch Santon

    ————- Smith

    Raylor Cabaye Gosling Jonas


    Much as it pains me to say it, let’s keep it tight and make it hard for Norwich. Raylor can protect Simpson, Jonas the same for Santon, and Smith for the CBs. All it takes is a Raylor delivery on Ba’s head and we win 1-0 🙂

    Normally I wouldn’t have Perch or Smith anywhere near my starting line-up, but we don’t have much choice.

    Barfa can come on late in the game and cause chaos.

  • kevymartins

    Dec 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #31

    norwich have a few good players…holt..pilkinton..morrison…but the team that worries me is swansea they like to keep the ball and they could well play us off the pitch but i think with are injuries and with this team we can still win the next 4


    ______________Ben Arfa_______________________

    shola and sammy coming of the bench

    or switch raylor for santon an put perch or kadar in there

  • mattnufc

    Dec 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #32

    @28. Our last two games: Shouldn’t have had a penalty against Man Utd; Luiz should have been sent off.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 8, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #33

    I see allot of people saying here that Pardew has to get passed blaming the result of the game on the referee, and to an extent, u’re right.
    But these interviews are taken from todays presser, where he got asked that question, what he thought about it.
    He could’ve said no comment, yes, but he chose to share his thoughts on it.

    This isn’t something has come out of nothing and just said cause he’s mad or something, it’s the journous who keep asking him about his thoughts on the matter.

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 8, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #34


    Over the course of a season, for each team.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 8, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #35

    dean has always been shocking against us


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