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Poll Is A Comedian?!

Poll Is A Comedian?!

Vital Villa asked, on behalf of equatorialvilla, whether referees gave preferential treatment to the 'big four' clubs (Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and lets all buy the league Chelsea).

The answer was a bit of a no brainer really with 93% saying yes. 6% said no and 1% were unsure.

Interestingly the Vital Chelsea site have a poll on referee Graham Poll after his 'performance' at the weekend. They asked their members view on the 'ref' and 12% said he was an absolute legend (showing at least some of the Chelsea fans realised we should have had a penalty and that their goal should never have stood!). 22% said he was a good referee (did they watch the World Cup?), 11% a poor ref and the majority - with 55% - saying he is a comedian.

Our latest poll asks your opinion on Milan Baros following a debate in our forum started by shirdi (Will Baros Cut It)

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 3 2006
Time: 12:33PM


I think Comedian is a bit harsh , lost the plot could be better !! , do agree with your poll though that the refs do show bias towards the bigger teams , right through the 90's with Man Utd and now with Chelsea especially
03/10/2006 12:41:00
If we went to our respective work places and constantly made mistakes of poor judgement we would be fired. Poll's antics at the World Cup this summer should have made the Refereeing governing bodies take action. This man isn't fit to ref a kids knock about in the park on a Sunday let alone a Premiership Match. He has a massive ego and I believe plays to the cameras. Anyway he has admitted he's a Chelsea fan in the past, so why are we surprised at his actions on Saturday? He should be sacked immediately for the elite list of Referees.
still skeggy
03/10/2006 12:41:00
Being a referee is probably harder than most of us think it is.
03/10/2006 13:04:00
Graham Poll you are the weakest link...goodbye!
03/10/2006 13:08:00
The guy was a discrace on Saturday. All the pundits on skysports news agreed. He cost us potentially 3 points with 2 key decisions. 1) Terry foul on Sorenson 2) Makalele Last man fould on Angel. If jumping on someones back isn't a foul then I don't know what is. Terry is also well sly, he knows all the tricks in the book that guy!
03/10/2006 14:02:00
I agree with you jono_forest. Not forgetting these guys are earning a fraction of the money that the supposed superstars are earning. If you think back to the big decisions of the weekend (Villa aside) you can see how hard the job is. The Gallas handball should have been a penalty (refs mistake). Reina out of his area (asst refs mistake, but the referee had to go with his assts judgement, he had no choice). Spurs penalty was a blatant case of cheating by the player (do we blame the player or the ref?). Refs are human and will make mistakes. It is interesting when compared to the players stats. For example Villas pass percentage this season is 73%. That is in the top few of all teams. However it means that 27% of passes are mistakes. I can pretty much guarantee that a referee doesn't get 27% of his decisions wrong. Why is it a player on £40,000 a week can make a load of mistakes but a referee on £40,000 a year is not allowed to make one?? How we help refs is a massive debate, but it does not matter how much training the refs get, or how much they get paid, they are still going to make mistakes. All of which are scrutinised in a way that would never of happened years ago. What fans should take out of this is the role that we can play in pressurising refs into mistakes. It is no coincidence that refs give more decisions in favour of the big clubs. If you have 45,000 redscousers, 75000 Manure, 52000 Newcrapstle or 60000 Arse fans screaming at you for a decision some people will buckle under the pressure. It is pointless saying have more and better refs because as soon as somebody has an interest in reffing they are abused by parents as soon as they start off in the career. Not exactly great encouragement to continue in the career. We all reap what we sow. So as fans I would urge all Villa fans to scream abuse at every linesman and referee at every decision that goes against us. Those around the touchlines have a very important role to play. Lets make sure that we start getting the decisions that the supposed top teams keep getting. We can play our part and until video replays are bought in every fan at Villa Park can help ensure that we start getting the benefit of dubious decisions.
03/10/2006 14:02:00
I wonder why the Chelsea fans think he's a comedian? He was their 12th man on Saturday!
03/10/2006 14:22:00
The decisions Poll made were awful and I agree with Voiceoftheholte it is not a great job. But their has to be a happy medium. Who pays them now? Is there evaluations by the FA? I think they should be held accountable somehow, such as 10 obvious (ie penelty) mistakes a season you are relegated to Championship. Also just to play devils advocate Baros got a couple of Penalties last year that were slightly dubious. What happens in that senario?
NY Villa
03/10/2006 14:38:00
What ever you may think of English referees you only have to look at foreign football to realise we are actually quite lucky. Some of the jokers that referee games in Spain and south america are absolutely laughable. Although of course they'll be the same individuals giving cr*p decisions next time England play a key game.
03/10/2006 14:42:00
Agree with that andrew144. The foreign refs fall for the diving antics much more than our refs do. That is still no excuse for Poll's performance on Saturday. If I remember rightly, he favoured Chelsea in the cup final in 2000 and he's got worse
03/10/2006 15:01:00
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