Webb of Deceit

Just noticed this.

Jermaine JenasJermaine Jenas could face disciplinary action over his comments about referee Howard Webb following Tottenham’s 5-2 defeat at Manchester United.

The Spurs and England midfielder accused Webb of “crumbling under pressure” after the hosts were awarded a controversial penalty while 2-0 down.

An Football Association spokesman said: “We have written to Jermaine to ask for an explanation for his remarks.”

He has seven days to respond before the FA decides whether to take any action.

Following Saturday’s match, Jenas stated: “I think it was a case of a referee crumbling under the pressure at Old Trafford really.

“The atmosphere, the occasion, the importance of the match, a lot of factors take their toll when making decisions.”

He was also quoted as saying: “One thing which struck me about it was that he [Webb] didn’t even think [about the penalty decision].

“It was like he’d already made his mind up when he came out for the second half that he was going to give something.”

I’m not usually in to the whole “over-reacting thing” over individual refereeing decisions as keeping track of what goes in your favour and against you in the course of a season is a subjective and impossible task. 

But when you’re winning 2-0 at the Champions ground where you haven’t won since the time the Berlin Wall came down – and deserving it – having an awful penalty decision go against you is a bitter pill to swallow.  Clearly it was difficult for the team too who then collapsed in a 5-2 defeat – but that’s a whole other blog. 

As the FA look for an explanation from Jenas for his remarks perhaps they should also start looking at Howard Webb who, as of yet, has not had the spine to come out and state that he still believes he was right – or apologise for his mistake.

There will always be some people who will claim that black is white but I can’t believe anyone could look at the clip linked above and claim with a straight face that the goalkeeper doesn’t get the ball.

I was happy to see United win the league over that prick Benitez but now, with Liverpool playing some fab football and United getting their usual refereeing dig-out, I’m switching sides.  I hope Chelsea win it.

Update: Webb “demoted” to Championship 

Update 2: Hours after this blog post, Webb admits to mistake.


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