Reading through the football news over the weekend I stumbled across this piece on our old friend, Mark Clatternburg.
After reading, I found myself becoming more and more angry, I mean Mancini for a start is bringing up an irrelevant event from the now closed Clattenburg Chelsea incident which was based around a racist allegation. How Mancini thinks racism and verbal abuse/bad language are the same or even similar I have no idea.
He is then quoted by the BBC as saying:
“Every referee and fourth official should understand if a player said one inappropriate word at the end of a game, when they have lost in the last second,”
I accept in certain circumstances a referee uses common sense, a referee doesn’t caution or send people off when they show a bit of frustration, at most things …but surely an act of aggression is going above and beyond the line. I wasn’t there and don’t normally like to speculate on these sorts of things but one word, really one word. I doubt that.
Also with Clattenburg being the 4th official it is unlikely he will be on the pitch at the end of the game so that means Barry has gone to Clattenburg to vent such frustration, for what though? I didn’t see any poor officiating towards Manchester City, if anyone could feel hard done by it would have been Manchester United. They are the ones who had a goal ruled out for offside which wasn’t!
Barry had a long time to think about his actions and what he was going to say and therefore he should face the consequences for his actions. It’s Mancini’s attitude that really riles me. A man clearly on the edge, under pressure and he has now decided to vent at officials because he feels they don’t understand. What a load of rubbish!
He targeted Clattenburg for one reason only, he knew it would draw media attention away from him, how Manchester City’s season is falling apart around them and divert it to Clattenburg as a story like this would hit the headlines following the Chelsea incident.
What Mancini probably doesn’t realise is he then effects the rest of football; in particular referees who go out Saturday and Sunday to face a barrage of abuse when a player doesn’t get their own way. Why? Because they all think they have it, they are Premier League footballers and managers earning whatever sums of money each week and above the power of the law in their minds apparently.
Well no more I say! Maybe it’s time referees fought back, not by allowing behaviour like Barry’s to continue and to say, ‘that is not acceptable, here is your punishment’. I would like to say thank you to Mr Clattenburg if he did report Barry because it will only help our cause for respect at all levels.
But don’t forget respect is a 2-way street. This means turning up early enough to check the pitch, speak with players and managers, talking to them like they are people, applying laws correctly and to the best of your ability. Only then will referees get the respect we need to be able to do our jobs right.
Under pressure we can panic and make silly decisions, so it’s crucial we alleviate that pressure by being respectful to others first and get those big calls right.