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Well that sucked. (City 0, Arsenal ‘3’)

24 October 2010

How Alex Song remained on the pitch after two clear bookable offenses in the first half is beyond me. What an utter joke.

Moments after Gareth Barry was booked for a similar challenge, Song came in late and over the ball, taking down David Silva by planting his studs into his ankle. To the disbelief of everyone in the City of Manchester Stadium, Song was not booked:

Just 19 minutes later, Song committed a second bookable offense, hacking down Silva. This time Clattenburg produced a yellow card:

So instead of 10 on 10 for the final hour, Arsenal continued to enjoy a man advantage. There’s plenty of outrage today over Andre Marriner declining to send off Gary Neville, but at least he didn’t go on to score like Song did near the end of this one.

Clattenburg & Co. finished off a stellar afternoon by missing the ball going over the touch line and an offside on that last Arsenal goal. Other than that, it was yet another fine job by the officials.

The joke of it all is that it was Arsenal goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański turning in a Man of the Match performance against 10 men. Until eventually tiring at the end, you wouldn’t have known City were down a man if you missed the sending off. They consistently created good scoring chances, but the Polish keeper made a number of very strong saves to keep his side in front.

I’ve seen some articles in the UK papers calling Dedryck Boyata’s sending off “controversial,” but it was a textbook case of the last man back denying a goal-scoring opportunity. I have zero argument with that decision. If only the same could be said for the rest of Clattenburg’s day.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Andy Glockner permalink
    24 October 2010 9.34pm

    It’s glorious to see Nigel de Jong in the ref’s face, whining for a booking. If anyone knows what a poor challenge that doesn’t draw a card looks like, it should be him. 🙂

  2. 25 October 2010 12.03am

    Not as glorious as you whining about Nigel de Jong yet again.

    Also, de Jong’s challenges don’t just not draw cards. They aren’t even judged to be fouls. You know because of the whole “taking the ball” thing. Happened again today, despite Fàbregas’s pathetic attempts to make a meal of it. Even that muppet Clattenburg wasn’t buying that though.

  3. 27 October 2010 10.19am

    HAHAHA, what a crap blogger you are. Making excuses when your team was crap and dirty

    • 27 October 2010 10.36am

      I’m truly sorry that blog entry didn’t align with your agenda, Mrs. Clattenburg.

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