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Anything Raheem Sterling can do, Leon Osman did better for Everton

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

The penalty awarded to Raheem Sterling for Man City after his foot prodded the ground and he fell over against Shakhtar Donetsk, having suffered absolutely no contact from any defender, has revived the debate about whether players should own up. Yes, it does sound a preposterous notion in 2018. Keith Hackett, a former referee talking […]

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Carroll, Vardy, Wisdom: referees supported after Leicester, West Ham and Norwich rows

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Every honest football fan knows he or she has occasionally howled at referees and linesmen only for the contentious decision to be proved to be flawless. Every honest footballer knows his entirely subjective view of an incident may not be accurate. And we all know footballers make many more costly mistakes than officials. Yet weekend […]

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Maybe the ref does know what he’s doing after all

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Monsieur Salut writes: Salut! Sunderland often asks ‘Who are You?’ interviewees to share their views on the best and worst referees in the Premier League. Mark Clattenburg is the one most commonly named as the best and, for all that he’s a Mag, I agree. Experience has also taught me to be as understanding as […]

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Howard Webb: flawed master or Manchester United fan disguised as top ref?

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?'

At another place, I have written a profile of Louis van Gaal. In it, I refer to the global Manchester United fan base – how many of those 75m or 330m, take your pick, “supporters” have the faintest idea where Manchester is? – to whom winning is regarded as a natural right. If those supporters […]

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The Newcastle-Sunderland Soapbox: high times, low life

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The scoreline bears repeating over and again: Newcastle United 0 Sunderland 3. It was a wonderful team performance and it seems beyond belief that Alan Pardew should place such store by the wrongly disallowed Newcastle goal when Howard Webb had spared his side two, perhaps three first-half penalties, the likelihood of an early Sess goal […]

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Leon Osman’s unwanted accolade as cheating finds a new level

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For all Salut! Sunderland knows, Leon Osman is a regular at church, helps old ladies across the road, spends hours daily feeding the homeless and plays Scrabble without even thinking of snatching a sneaky glance at everyone else’s letters. He also stands accused of being a prize cheat. (more…)

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Soapbox on Everton, Howard Webb and pantomime villainy

Oh no it wasn’t the worst refereeing decision you’ve ever seen. Oh yes it was. Take your pick. It was a shocker however you look at it and we await either a fulsome public apology from Howard Webb or a formal announcement that he is returning to a less accident-prone life as a sergeant of […]

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Can Webb do wonders?

Image: Mrs Logic There’s bad news, already mentioned here, and there’ s good news. (more…)

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Johann Cruyff on a very Dutch murder

Sunday was the night the Netherlands, with complete premeditation, killed football, or at least did their level best to do so. Everyone, except their own short-sighted and indignant fans, knows this to be true, including – as Jeremy Robson, pictured with his young ‘un, points out – a certain Dutch master of the Total Football […]

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Spain 1 Netherlands 0: la cima del mundo

Image: gsfc So SPAIN are top of the world, winners of the 2010 World Cup after at one stage looking more like heading home in disarray. But South Africa confounded so many people with the way it handled the event – think back to all those warnings, and not just from tabloid newspapers, of the […]

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Rate the ref: Scunthorpe v Sunderland

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In an attempt to minimise RSI I’m reducing the page to the poll and little more. I’ll set up a […]

Sixer’s Scunthorpe Sevens: A good point but we need to find that poacher

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What do you make of a draw at Scunny? A point gained or two thrown away? Luton open a gap, […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Scunthorpe United and Glanford Park

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It’s over 100 years since E M Forster wrote “The Machine Stops”. If you haven’t read it I suggest you […]

View from the Avenue: a Sunderland rallying cry to still half-term wobbles

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Monsieur Salut says: Paul Summerside and I joust regularly at Facebook about Brexit, a subject I broadly feel wisest to […]

Scunthorpe vs Sunderland Who are You?: ‘please don’t sing Garden Shed or Shearer song’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Ian Moore* came our way thanks to Matt Blanchard from the Scunthorpe Iron-Bru fan site and podcast […]

French Fancies: ‘star chroniclers’ Henry Winter, Sam Wallace and tenuous Sunderland links

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France’s leading Sunday newspaper hails four stars of Premier League football writing[/caption] How can I make this sound like it […]

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