Just seen the last few mins. In added time Robertson wins a throw then taunts the Brighton winger. It’s so blatant that the ref blows then gets Robo and captain Hendo over to a neutral spot to warn Robo but no card.
Some will call this smart refereeing.
But, for me, this is really poor, it’s last week’s ref stuff. It’s a clear YC, which would have also got the game restarted quicker - just flash the card, get on with it. And it was an error in law as far as I can see. Dismal TV ref moment
Tbh I wish we saw more penalties for pulling on the arms. It’d be a foul anywhere else on the pitch but in order for it to be a penalty the player almost always has to fall to get it. Same with shirt pulling and wrestling in the box at corners, but it almost seems a foul needs to ‘be worse’ in order for it to be given as a penalty. That way if all pulls were given, it’d stop these ‘dives’. I wonder if he’d have stayed up if he would’ve got a penalty for it
Agreed 100%. I've talked before about why I record "card free games" in my signature - it's so I can look back and decide if they were genuine card free games, or if I was just too slow to get a card out and too accepting of dissent or PI. There's no way this should have been a card free game.
I agree with Santa on Roberston, but I also noticed 2 or 3 times where Friend pulled the Brighton captain in to have a chat with him and one of his players regarding something that was said. Ignoring the fact that one of those incidents was clear dissent by action on it's own, surely there comes a point where you should realie that the captain isn't helping you out at all, and stop giving them a second chance? There weren't any awful tackles, but 2 Brighton cautions for dissent and Roberston for AA would have been a much fairer reflection of what happened.
Actually I had two game today with no dissent cards for the first time in ages. I did give one lairy big guy a proper shouting at to shut him up where I usually would have let the yellow talk. File under experiment. And it was the only dissent all game. But yeah Friend was too Friendly!