Date: 30th October 2011 at 8:55am
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Manchester City fans were left fuming yesterday following inconsistent refereeing decisions by match official, Stuart Attwell.

The game finished with the Blues beating Wolves 3-1; however, Attwell and his assistants were constantly accused of making poor decisions. Is this man fit for purpose?

We at Vital Manchester City have had numerous forum comments regarding the Premier League referee, none more so than VMC member Skoorb.

‘Not quite sure where to put this comment and I am reluctant to start one to solely discuss the performance of the ref but I have to say this…could Stuart Attwell have been more awful than he was today? His performance beggared belief. He was dreadfully inconsistent at best; downright biased at worst.’

‘He constantly awarded free kicks against City but allowed similar challenges by Wolves players go unpunished. He failed to award free kicks for two challenges on Silva in the first half one of which should have resulted in a yellow card as the tackle was from behind. He also failed to award a free kick (or the associated booking) for obstruction on Balotelli as he tried to pass the centre half and reach the ball before Hennessey, and although he did award a free kick for Henry’s obstruction/rugby tackle on Toure he failed to book the player.’

‘I believe prior to kick off City may have had the lowest number of yellow cards in the Premier League. What on earth would mean that the team would commit more than 3 times the number of fouls than the away team – 17 versus 5?’


The author found a similar complaint when Attwell officiated another Premier League game in September 2010 when Newcastle played Liverpool. The Daily Mail article can be found here.

Do you agree or disagree with Skoorbs comments. If you have something to say please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section directly below this article.

 

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