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This ref is a big butt-hole. How can he still be refereeing? Why isn't FA taking any charges against him? It's quite obvious that he's not eligible to judge premiership matches. His more than strange decisions in MU-Arsenal and Pool-Chelski matches show this. Alien-looky piece of sh...t.....
 

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yes he is indeed a wanker, even Fergie wouldn't have been happy with yesterday though so every cloud has a silver lining. :shades:
 

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I can remember him giving Aston Villa a penalty against us 3 weeks ago when the trip was at least 2 yards outside the box. Obviously the United fan couldn't resist doing in city at our own ground. Last season he gave a very dubious penalty for ball to hand, when the ball bounced up and hit Barton's forearm when it was in front of his body. That IS ball to hand, not Tiago's...

Hes a twat and a shame to this country. Just look at him at Euro 2004 when Latvia were robbed against Germany.

~ The Green :rolleyes:ne
 

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He sucks :yuck: Worst ref in sports. His love for ManYoo ended one of the most amazing undefeated streaks in all pro sports history.
 

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Jamie Carragher got it spot on: "Mike Riley has handed Chelsea the title". Awful referee, quite possibly the worst in England although Andy D'Urso won't give that up without a fight.
 

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Andy D'Urso and Mike Riley, come the revolution, they would get my first two bullets for sure, what use are they ?
 

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Winter and Poll are both bad i agree, but they are not spineless cowards like them two. :shades:

I reckon i would let Poll live, he could go to work in the kitchen or something.
 

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Dermot is rumoured to have an MUFC tattoo on his arm, which is why he always wears long sleeves. That wouldn't exactly be surprising.

Poll is a wanker who thinks he is the centre of attention, as is Bennett. He has it in for SWP. He has now sent off our shauny 3 times...

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Thankfully, Jamie can sleep easily tonight, safe in the knowledge that it won't really matter to him! :D
I don't think anyone with respect for football would want Chelsea to win the title. Not that way, anyway.
 

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Soccernet:

Life of Riley

Norman Hubbard

Refereeing, everyone agrees, is a thankless task, inevitably accompanied by controversy. That said, there have been fewer reasons for chants blaming the men in the black this season.

Interpretations of the offside law still create chaos, but Mark Clattenburg has displayed admirable common sense on his introduction to the Premiership, Rob Styles and Uriah Rennie are showing signs of calming down from the red-card rage that once absorbed them and even Graham Poll may be maturing into the elder statesman of refereeing.

But the Premiership's premier referee - or so his selection for Euro 2004 would suggest - is Mike Riley. However, England's equivalent of Pierluigi Collina attracts rather more criticism and much less praise than the intimidating Italian.

A selection of his decisions since the end of the last domestic season show why. A catalogue of errors with far-reaching consequences or a vindictive scapegoating of an honest official? You decide.

June 19: Latvia 0 Germany 0

Riley had already antagonised the hapless Bulgarians in their 5-0 defeat to Sweden. But in Oporto, he gained more enemies in Eastern Europe. Two barnstorming runs from Latvia's livewire forward Maris Verkapovskis produced two strong penalty appeals and two shakes of Riley's head.

The Baltic Nation were denied the most famous win in their brief history and the first decision - when Verkapovskis appeared to be fouled by two defenders as he tried to slalom between them - was particularly unfathomable.

August 28: Aston Villa 4 Newcastle United 2

Back on domestic duty, Riley was in charge of one of the most entertaining early season matches. With 20 minutes to go, it was level at 2-2 when, with Craig Bellamy heading towards goal at breakneck pace, Thomas Sorensen came out of his penalty area and handled.

A free kick was awarded but Riley reprieved the Villa keeper. Sorensen saved the subsequent shot and Villa scored two more goals. With Newcastle without a victory in their first four games of the season, Sir Bobby Robson was subsequently sacked. But would that have happened if Sorensen had been sent off?

September 25: Newcastle United 3 West Bromwich Albion 1

Another Newcastle game, more contentious refereeing. With the score at 0-0, Albion centre back Darren Purse was sent off for two bookable offences that manager Gary Megson described as 'soft' and 'softer'.

But Riley was still booed off by the home crowd, probably for turning down what appeared a clear-cut penalty when Thomas Gaardsoe fouled Lee Bowyer.

September 29: Werder Bremen 2 Valencia 1

Take a bow, Miroslav Klose. Riley fell for the season's most outrageous dive and cautioned Carlos Marchena, the nearest player to the tumbling German.
In a match of eight yellow cards, it appeared inconsequential until Riley gave a second yellow card to the Spanish centre back. Valencia, who were leading 1-0, go on to lose 2-1 and are pipped by Werder Bremen for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

October 24: Manchester United 2 Arsenal 0

Forty-nine not out, Arsenal headed to Old Trafford for the biggest game of the season so far. There's a theory that their games against Manchester United are 'unrefereeable'; Riley gives it credence. Four major decisions bring four mistakes.

Firstly, Rio Ferdinand barged Freddie Ljungberg aside as the Swede burst towards goal. It is definitely a free kick, probably a yellow card and possibly a red, but Riley waved play go on. Then Ruud van Nistelrooy planted his studs in Ashley Cole's knee. Riley took no action, but the Dutchman was subsequently banned for three games.

Then came two penalty appeals; Riley wrongly awarded a spot kick for Sol Campbell's challenge on Wayne Rooney, and incorrectly ignored United appeals when Cole brought down Cristiano Ronaldo. 'Riley is Riley,' concluded Arsene Wenger succinctly.

November 20: Norwich City 2 Southampton 1

Norwich were still looking for a first Premiership win when, 12 minutes in, Darren Huckerby escaped down the left wing. His cross hit the raised hand of Jason Dodd, some 10 yards from the striker.

It may not have been deliberate, but with an arm above his head and chance to react, it's a penalty. Except, of course, that it's not given. But this decision does not prove decisive and the fundamental civility of Norwich - coupled with relief at the long-awaited first win - tempers any criticism of Riley after the match.

November 27: Manchester City 2 Aston Villa 0

There are few more combustible characters than Danny Mills and Lee Hendrie, so few were surprised when they squared up in the closing minutes.
The Villa midfielder appeared to head-butt the City defender and Riley brandished his red card. Except that, as replays showed, Hendrie made no contact with Mills. City manager Kevin Keegan backs Hendrie's appeal but, despite evidence of clear air between the temperamental two, Riley refused to rescind the red card and Hendrie was banned for three matches for violent conduct.

That, and a Juan Pablo Angel miss from 12 yards, deflected attention from another dodgy penalty decision.

December 18: Birmingham City 4 West Bromwich Albion 0

More penalty problems for Riley. In the third minute, Bernt Haas slid on David Dunn, missed the ball and upended the Birmingham midfielder. No penalty, ruled Riley in an act of generosity towards Albion, though he did award a spot kick soon afterwards when a Darren Purse foul gave him little choice.

January 1: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

Riley bagged the biggest game of 2005 to date, a key match both for Chelsea's title charge and Liverpool's Champions League aspirations and even, ultimately, for the future of Steven Gerrard.

The Liverpool captain took a right-wing free kick in the first half, Antonio Nunez jumped with Tiago and the Chelsea midfielder, handling where he was unlikely to head, made contact with the ball.

Liverpool were livid when Riley refuses their penalty claims, and still more so when Joe Cole scored a late winner. Just how significant will that decision prove to be?

Keep up the good work, Mike.
 

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Was it a few years back the same wanker dreamt up 2 PKs for ManU in a match against Liverpool?
Yeah - except they were both penalties. And we should probably have had a 3rd. Maybe a harsh sending off, but even if it was soft, the rules dicatated that he had to go - as Wayne Rooney has found out recently.

The whole "Riley's a United supporter" is amusing. He's just a shit referee.
 

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It's a well known fact Mike Riley has always supported Man United. Just like it's a well known fact Graham Poll supports Chelsea. Riley is a shit referee who is still allowed to referee big matches when it is quite obvious he's not competent enough to do it.

Get Collina in for a few years. :thmbup:
 

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The funny thing here now is... even Man Utd supporters think he's a wanker. In other words, there's nothing else left for Riley to do, than to go hang himself....
 
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