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Graham Poll admits premiership referees treat top players differently

John Terry in action for Chelsea FC
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In a half time interview on Setanta Sports, Graham Poll admitted that premiership referees give preferential treatment to top players where big decisions are concerned. Commenting after John Terry was given a straight red for a rash tackle on Everton‘s Leon Osman in the Everton versus Chelsea Premiership game, when asked “surely everyone should be treated the same, whether he is England Captain or a 17 year old playing his first game”, Graham Poll said:

“In theory Yes, but in practice no, because you know that there is other stuff that comes with it.”

For years fans of premiership football have been hugely frustrated with the referees inconsistency in terms of their decision making in games, whether big or small. Well know we know why. Referee‘s have been for years claiming that it’#s never their fault, but come on, this surely isn’t a healthy situation and something that the FA should take a serious look at now after this claim by one of their past “great” referees.

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So we should be happy with a 0-0 draw with Montenegro?

I just don’t get it today. Everyone seems to have jumped on the bandwagon with Eamon Dunphy and Johnny Giles in the belief that Irelands nil all draw with Montenegro was a great result.

Can I just repeat who we drew with? Montenegro!
A team that is only in existence since 2006, has played 11 games, has won only 4 games ever and has a FIFA ranking of 136.

Giles even uttered those dreaded words again “the team is in a rebuilding phase”. How many more years are we going to be “rebuilding”? Steve Staunton said this throughout his reign and I don’t think I see many different faces in this team??

Don’t get me wrong, I do hope Trappatoni can sort out this team, but we should have won this fixture even a 1-0 win would have done, but we couldn’t even scrape that. That’s not much to look forward to in my opinion.

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So Ronaldo thinks he needs a new challenge

WIGAN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 11:  Cristiano Ron...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Ronaldo finally announced publicly yesterday that he plans to stay with Manchester United for another season at least. Commenting on his reason for wanting to leave Man United he said:

“I am going to say something here that I’ve never told anybody: if we hadn’t been European champions I probably wouldn’t have even thought about going to Madrid”.

He went on to say, “After we’d won the Champions League I felt that in five years I had helped win everything there was to win. We’d won the Premier League twice and I’d won a host of individual awards, including the best goalscorer in the Premier League, Champions League and in Europe. So I felt that maybe I needed a new challenge”.

As much as I respect anyone who aspires to be the best they possibly can at their chosen profession, the way Ronaldo handled it all leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth. The five years he talks about, were 4 years where his club, in particular manager Alex Ferguson, stood by him when everyone else thought he was a poor excuse for a footballer. Not many people rated him as a true and true footballer. Yes maybe he could dazzle with his silky skills, his football brain just didn’t seem to be there.

However, last season was his best yet – we don’t even have to mention his goals. As an all round player, he really showed how well he has matured under Alex Ferguson. But as any true professional will tell you, “you are only as good as your last performance”.

So Ronaldo may think he has nothing left to prove, but I feel he has a lot still to do. He needs to show that this season, he can be as consistent as he was in the last. Just like all the great football heros you can think of.

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“Ronaldo to stay” – for another season at least


What a pity eh? I was really hoping Fergie would get rid of him after his outbursts over the summer. If the guy wants to go, kick him out and get as much money as you can for him. He had a terrible tournament this year and I would hazard a guess that he’s not going to have as good a season as he did this year, next season.

Fergie announced today that (and I quote) “I can say he will be a Manchester United player next season“. I’ve highlighted “next season”, so we can read a bit deeper into it and create some great gossip and speculation!! :)

So does this mean after his conversations with Ronaldo, he’s agreed to let him go next season? Surely Fergie isn’t gone that soft… or has he?

I can’t wait to see the reaction of the fans when he returns from his 3 month layoff, will it be too late and we’ll have forgotten all about his summer shennigans, never mind his “slave” opinion?

Another master stroke by Fergie maybe?

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Ronaldo has got to go

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13:  Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United  celebrate winning the Premiership title at the end of the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on May 13, 2007 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Wayne Rooney;Cristiano Ronaldo

In 2006 I was disappointed that Ferguson decided to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at United. Even more so after his disgusting back stabbing of his club team mate, Wayne Rooney, in the World Cup.

Yet again, Ferguson is running to the players side to try and convince him to stay after he announced yesterday that he would love to move to Real Madrid, if they coughed up United‘s asking price.

God Fergie, let him go! He’s an arrogant, immature, cocky little fecker! Yes we put up with Cantona, but he still loved United, he didn’t want to leave. Surely with your years of experience you can see that he’s a player that just thinks of himself and not the club, which you’ve always said is bigger than any player!!???

Let him go – even after his mind blowing form this season, I’d be happy to see the back of him!

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