Yesterday saw a ‘controversial’ match between West Ham and Everton. Referee Anthony Taylor deemed that both Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson were both worthy of red cards for 2 challenges that could have resulted in very nasty injuries.
Two dismissals for serious foul play that in law were correct but maybe not for the game. It wasn’t a nasty game that threatened to get out of hand, it wasn’t a local derby but Mr Taylor was right in law and consistent, that word every Premier League manager has probably asked for in their career.
Yet, I find myself reading that both Allardyce and Moyes were going to appeal the decisions with Allardyce also complaining about the system in place at the moment for training Premier League referees. I am 100% that the referee was right and that his trainers will also feel that but as I said possibly not right for the game.
But if we are to have any sort of consistency these types of challenges need to be all treated the same.
Law 12 in The Laws of the Game states:
A tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as Serious Foul Play.
Which leads me to say I believe both Cole and Gibson endangered the safety of the opponent and that’s the problem. My opinion. Does that mean it is correct? Even between referees there are mass debates and disagreements as to whether a decision is correct or not, usually the use of the law is correct as with this case but it is sometimes …not right for the game.
Maybe it’s about time some managers and pundits read the actual Laws of the game before deciding whether or not a decision is correct or not.