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Is there a Bias from the Refs and FA?

Call me crazy, but recent decisions only show this both within Chelsea and other teams.

Firstly, Drogba and Torres go in with a two footed challenge against players from Swansea and QPR. Both players were given a red card.

Vincent Kompany, who actually caught the ball and not the legs of Nani in the FA Cup got a red card and served a 4 match ban. The same set of tackles got all 3 international players sent off.

Frank Lampard goes in with the same challenge against Wolves and is only given a yellow card. Ashley Cole has repeatedly done reckless bad tackles this season: 1.) Against Osaze of West Brom; and 2.) Against Chicharito against Man U that I think broke his ankle. I am not sure if Cole was even penalized.

During the Man City v Spurs game on Sunday, there were two incidents that resembled some of the above. One involved my favorite character in world football today; Super 'why always me' Mario Balotelli and the other involved Joleon 'what the feck does he have on his head' Lescott.

Scotty tackled Balotelli and it seemed as Balotelli was landing on his other feet, he may have stumped on Scott Parker. I am not sure how many of you saw the incident, but it is debatable if Mario did his intentionally.

Lescott on the other hand was definitely guilty. I expected both of them to be charged, but to my surprise, the English FA decides to charge Mario Balotelli for his conduct against Scott Parker while Lescott was not charged at all.

Remember Wayne Rooney's elbow against McCarthy of Wigan last year. No charge. Even bad boy Joey Barton got off scot free against Gervinho early on during the season while Gervinho got a red card.

Remember Carragher's tackle against Nani. No red card. Nothing!

Is there a bias against foreign players or I am smoking pot please?

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The Journalist

Writer: KAKUfrank Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 24 2012

Time: 1:02PM

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Balotelli 99% done it on purpose ! You don't slam ur foot down like that for any other reason !
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24/01/2012 13:14:00

You're reading too much into this mate. i remember cahill and rodwell being sent of this season. Its more a case of inconsistent refereeing than a nationality bias.
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24/01/2012 13:45:00

I think i agree with @Ktm_blues, remember Yaya Toure's misbehaviour against Mata, the FA did not even visit it!!
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24/01/2012 13:56:00

I think that the FA just didn'T have the bottle to charge both balotelli and lescott and since balotelli's was very very nasty he took precedence, shame they both deserved a ban (yes, i am a spurs fan :) )
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24/01/2012 14:15:00

I can understand a ref taking 'previous' into consideration when judging a possible bad tackle. What I find totally unacceptable is the FA in the cold light of day, and with the benefit of 25 different camera angles in fast and slow replay, over three beers and a packet of crisps, being totally unable to recognise an elbow in the face! Another 'FA' decision....Fecking Awful!
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24/01/2012 14:57:00

...and I fully understand where you're coming from, KAKU....but rather than bias I would say Totally Inconsistent....both refs and more seriously the FA!
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24/01/2012 14:59:00

KAKU you are absolutely right there is a clear bias in the way the refs and certainly the FA handle decisions. On the matter of two footed challenges just a week after the Vincent Kompany incident i watched a match between Wolves and i think WestBrom there was one classic incident of a clear two footed challenge and the player connected with the opponent..there was not even a card given or a foul. I saw another such incident over this weekend (i forget the match)..this was so blatant that the both commentators said they were shocked there wasnt even a foul called when they felt it should have warranted a red card and you know the strangest thing..the ref involved was good ol Chris Foy himself. There is absolutely not doubt that the FA and the refs are more lenient towards English players than they are to foriegners..KAKU you are the may want to look into this but i know it is not just in my mind..i have been watching British soccer for over 3 decades and i know its true but there is a more insidious thing going on and that is a clear preference for certain teams. We all know ManU are favored by the refs and the league but i now see a clear inquisition to undermine Mancity by any means possible..I am not a mancity fan..i am chelsea through and through but this is now becoming ridiculous..Compare what Mike Henry of Wolves did to Ballotelli...Henry showed clear deliberate intent but Ballotelli was undercut by Scott parker.. Scotts challenge was a foul and in trying to gain his feet while stumbling Balloteli stumbles and in trying to land upright catches Scotty who is behind him and on the ground..there was absolutely no malicious intent and immediately after the incident when Ballotelli realized he had caught Scotty he was the first person at his side checking to see if he was okay and helped him get up from the turf. I am not a Ballotelli fan boy..i just call it straight down center. Howard webb the true FA stooge who never called anything during the match (rightly so) with the public inquest from people like ol Harry, Gary Neville and Graeme Souness then changes tunes later with the intent of getting Ballotelli suspended 4 games..The boy is no saint but in this instance he has been tried in the court of public opinion based on his reputation rather than the facts and the reality. You watch the Lescott challenge and you would see that is a challenge where there was actually deliberate intent..Lescott sees where he is going and leads with his elbow...that should have been a yellow or even a red. Ballotelli is a convinient target because he is a foriegner but more importantly his loss for 4 games hurts city more than Lescotts. The whole thing is beyond ridiculous..Just ask yourself ..if the roles had been reversed and Ballotelli were on the ground and Scotty was the one who caught him while trying to regain his balance would we have seen this kind of inquisition? Honestly i have seen several times when the Ballotelli kid was clearly fouled by other players (invariably english) there would be not even be a whistle and people would slate him saying he needs to learn this is the BPL where we are physical not girls playing touch football and so he should just get up from the turf and get on with it..the double standards are just disgusting.
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24/01/2012 14:59:00

@gabeu i agree that media are clearly more favorable to supposed good boys such as parker but people such as barton and balotelli know that their reputation precedes them as does everyone. But i think the base of the bias in the case if balotelli and lescott isn't their nationality but their reputation.
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24/01/2012 16:17:00

I'll echo mutters, not biast just inconsistent. There are so many issues surrounding footballing bodies these days I tend not to waste my time worrying about them.
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24/01/2012 16:58:00

In slow motion the Ballotelli stomp looks bad but go look at it in regular speed and tell me what you think.
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24/01/2012 17:11:00

Much as I can't stand the bloke and wouldn't tolerate him as a Manager for all his evident talent, I just can't see for a second how Balotelli's 'stamp' was intentional, nor how it can be proved as such. If it was intended, then it was his most outrageous piece of skill yet! He was falling and off balance, not once did he look to 'clock' where Parker's head was, I just can't see that he can have done it on purpose. As I say, I truly believe he is a nasty cock (and I'm not talking chickens!) of the highest order but I don't think he did this one! That said, Lescott's should have been a red without any shadow of a doubt and it will be a disgrace if he is not charged. Still, don't think any of it is due to referee bias, although maybe some players' reputations do precede them (and it's tough to sympathise if that's the case- you make your bed...!)! Inconsistent as mutters says but that's all, apart from Graham Poll who clearly had an agenda that he barely even bothered to hide. As for the FA, well they are just utterly incompetent, tell us something we don't know!
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24/01/2012 17:25:00

I think you're right tbh. The fa always back the players they want to represent their country and will look to hinder other national teams' players.
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24/01/2012 17:58:00

I also think that Lescott elbow was intentional while Ballotelli's supposed stomp was not. I also think that if you are England international a.k.a pride of the nation, it is natural for the refs to have some deference for you, not that it is right but I think it does exist.
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24/01/2012 18:02:00

no bias. just pure inconsistency. was surprised it was kaku's article.
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24/01/2012 19:03:00

It all depends with the mood of the ref and his understanding of the whole situation.
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25/01/2012 08:41:00


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