Sunday, 28 September 2008

Merseyside Derby

The Merseyside Derby took place yesterday. Liverpool had the ball in the net four times in five minutes. One was (rightly) disallowed for the ball being out of play. One was disallowed (wrongly) for a ‘push’ . Is there anything in the rules to say a player has to move out of his opponent’s way when he is backed into? Referee Mike Riley once again demonstrating his unfitness to referee an under 10’s match let alone a Premier League one.

Fortunately the two goals from Fernando Torres were enough to settle the match.

By 62 minutes the Everton’ fans’ were leaving their ground in droves. With 79 minutes gone Mike Riley, the world’s fussiest referee, gave Everton’s Cahill an undeserved red card which took everyone except Riley by surprise! This was in addition to the six yellow cards he’d already given. It was amazing that the footballers managed to play at all with such a stifling adjudicator. Steven Gerrard nearly got his hundredth first team goal for Liverpool but the goalkeeper palmed it away and he stays on 99 for the moment.

Liverpool beat Man Utd 2-1 a fortnight ago at Anfield. Now we’ve beaten Everton at Goodison. Soccer can be good, despite the referee...

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