Debate: is Martin O'Neill right about referees favouring the biggest clubs?

12 April 2010 10:51
The Aston Villa manager will today call Mike Riley, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, to discuss the performance of referee Howard Webb in Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Wembley after becoming infuriated with the South Yorkshire official's decision-making.

O'Neill saw his side denied what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty in the first half after Gabriel Agbonlahor was pulled down in the penalty area by John Obi Mikel. But was it a penalty - or did Agbonlahor tug the Chelsea midfielder's shirt in the tangle? And if it was a penalty, should Mikel have been sent off, as O'Neill asserted afterwards?

 Related ArticlesO'Neill rages at Terry tackleAston Villa 0 Chelsea 3Milner the star despite Villa's defeatVilla-Chelsea: player ratingsCollins eyes revenge after Chelsea humiliationSport on televisionThe Aston Villa manager also raged at former England captain Terry for a tackle on Milner that he described as a "horrendous challenge". Was Terry lucky to stay on the pitch? Did Webb "bottle it" in only cautioning the centre-back?

And coming six weeks after Phil Dowd's decision not to send off Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic for a professional foul on Agbonlahor at the start of the Carling Cup final, is O'Neill right in claiming that referees subconsciously favour the bigger sides?

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Source: Telegraph

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