"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Thursday, April 05, 2007

Ref plays for Sevilla

Once again I am left bemoaning the refereeing at a Spurs game as another pleb trying to make a name for himself stamped his authority on the game with a string of appalling decisions culminating in a lousy penalty decision that could cost us the tie.

We started well and took the lead within 68 seconds, Berbatov laying the ball through for Keane. His first shot was saved but Keane was able to finish it off for a dream start. For the next 15 minutes we plassed the ball around nicely and Sevilla had some possesion but did nothing with it. The ref then felt he should step in to help Sevilla out by awarding a penalty. Adriano burst into the box but Robbo got two hands on the ball. You could see immediatly that the ball changed direction - almost 180 degress but the ref felt it was a penalty. Kanoute stepped up to make it 1-1.

It was soon 2-1 and we were rocking a bit but improved second half. To be in with a chance two or three players need to run up next week as Jenas and Lennon were both annoymous for much of the game.

2-1 is not a disastrous result as we have a very important away goal and they won't like playing at WHL where we are generally better. Rumor has it a certain Ledley King will be fit.

All to play for, as long as the ref is not bent.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ref was not a pleb. He was simply paid lots of pesatas by seville. Bent is aterm I think I'll use

10:14 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Nathan said...

i HATE the ref!!

10:15 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe it a Ref worse than Uriah Rennie! Not only does the twat give a fucking penalty he books Robbo for what can only be described as an excellent piece of goalkeeping! I,m Aghast the fool (from the footballing paradise of Luxembourg) got to officiate a game like that in the first place. For most of the game he gave 90% of the decisions to Sevilla. I just hope we stuff the strutting, play acting, diving spanish fuckers in the second leg!!


10:24 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disgraceful penalty decision! We looked so comfortable until then and because that it rattled us until half time. I'm proud of the boys though. This is the team that is second in Spain and overall they didn't trouble Robinson as much as I thought they might. The second leg will be tough but if Berbatov, Keane, Lennon etc all play to how we know they can and if King is back and can last the game then we have a chance. COYS!

10:31 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

fu*k the Ref lets see if he can save em' next week!!! Braba has to do much better than 2nite, he was off his game for the second time this week he didn't look sharp like Robbie, and for JJ mediocre
at best I don't know I don't really wanna say anything more :( lets just hope MJ sign someone this summer with class.

10:32 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lay off JJ, his work rate tonight was top class as it always is, but it's easy not to notice it. as many have said these guys are 2nd in La Liga and our midfeild controlled most of the second half...

As for the referee, what can you say? I think that was probably the worst decision I've ever witnessed on a football pitch... the rest of his decisions were typical continental european decisions... if something isn't done soon, Sepp Blatter et al will have turned this game into floor netball!!!

10:43 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the person above, speak english and dont start up about transfers please! We'll win the tie, we were harshly treated tonight, and he made us look like a bunch of bruisers for giving them so many free kicks for winning the ball. It was an outrageous piece of refereeing and I say well done to Spurs because the impact of that ref is not a disaster due to the attitude of the players in the 2nd half. We controlled the game aside from that spell after the penalty. So many Eyropean refs are just so weak and give anything the crowd (or manager) ask for. I dont think they will be all that happy with only a 2-1 lead to protect and I reckon the boys will do the job. We have to remember that it was a hard ask for us to actually get the win or draw that we did actually deserve. Players like Jenas and Berbatov would have done so much more that doesn't get noticed and it doesn't help for Berbatov to be punished for jumping all the time. They wont be strong enough to compete with us at home but it all depends on how hard we make it for ourselves, or how hard the officials do.

10:44 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry anonymous 10:43 not you the one above..

10:46 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Tottinghams said...

I think the third comment got it absolutely spot on. It's a complete shambles that a referee who manages to get decisions consistantly wrong, including several vital ones, gets to officiate in a high profile game such as this.

What else got to me about the "penalty" decision (using the term lightly) was the words he used to try and justify his wrongdoings. He said of the incident "the goalkeeper made contact with the player after the ball". Correct me if I'm wrong, but is that not a completely legitimate challenge?

I'm a qualified referee. I might not be great - I just do a couple of games every weekend in my local park for the under 18's to earn the odd bit of spare change, BUT. If I only remembered one of the rules of the game, it would be this:

"A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following four offences:

1)Tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent
(critical point here) before touching the ball"

I rest my fucking case.

10:50 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree - the ref was a complete disgrace and I am sure we will turn it round next week. But one other thing, for those watching on ITV, If David Pleat says 'Chimbomba' once more I swear I'll...........Ohhhhhhhhhhhh!
Pleaty - dont you just love him!!!

11:02 PM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

paul makes a brilliant save and we have to take a cunts piss poor decision? disgusting..

10:59 AM, April 06, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about the peaceful fans?
when will the English learn that when they're abroad they have to behave?
when will the English fans start to look to foreign police with respect instead of picking fights with them ?
in other countries they use riot police and that is not tender: when they say go back, you go, or you get beaten and that's it, but the fans when they see there's police they start provoking and attacking. what do you think the police do then? yesterday who broke the chairs in the stadium, the police?
English people always wanted to be different from the rest of Europe,and they're entitled to do that at home, but the time of the priviliges of the British Empire abroad is over, gents. When you go to another country, you have to behave as the natives and remember two simple things: your identification has to be available anytime and Police carry guns and batoons and will use them.
I'm tired of seeing Europe completely fed up with the Hooligans they think all British are. So, will the Spurs punish the bad fans and stop the accusations against the Spanish Police, who was attacked and just did their job, or will the English clubs set up a battle inside Europe that will lead to English clubs being outcasts everywhere?
Think and act, PLEASE !

(The good news is that Berbatov is being praised all over Spain as man of the match and a football genius.)

2:10 PM, April 06, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall we talked here about a nickname for Berbatov and it's ironic: the Spaniards found it and it's in English!!
El Dandy !
It says it all, doesn't it? That mixture between bullfighter and Don Juan we called El Berba or Don Berba, the Spaniards found the right word for elegance and class and excellence: EL DANDY ! I couldn't agree more. It's my nickname for Berbs from now on.

Reading the Spanish press, they all say it was a Holy Thursday miracle; that Spurs were very unlucky; and that things could have been different if Berbatov wasn't so tired in the second half. And they are expecting the worst next Thursday, unless Mourinho deals with Berba once and for all. Catch the drift, Jol? Please send Berba home for a rest this weekend, ok? Don't say I didn't warn ya !

2:44 PM, April 06, 2007

Anonymous sydney wale said...

please please please start using technology/third umpire. We are all sick of'evening itself out, reduce stoppages' bullshit. There's enough fucking technology at these games anyway, cameras everywhere in the stadium. Why not use them?? Why do we expect refs to be infallable and super human? I watch other sports that use video replays to determine close calls and everyone accepts it andd the officials get respect because they USE the evidence. They do not put themselves in the absurd position of all seeing all knowing always correct and unapproachable. God help us all.

3:23 PM, April 07, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paxton, are you there????
Its all gone incredibly quiet.
More than 2 weeks and no new posts.
Its not as if we, as Spurs fans, have had nothing to talk about!

6:46 PM, April 23, 2007

Anonymous Sid said...

I agree with anonymous 1. The Seville ref wasn't up to much, but I absolutely dread seeing Uriah Rennie trot onto the field.

3:23 PM, April 25, 2007

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