During the course of a season, refs tend to award many bad decisions against us and
many some in favor of us. The general opinion is that it tends to balance out over a period of time. For example, Carra not being sent out was balanced out by Rafael not being sent out. Sometimes it takes more time, few more games or months. However, I generally feel that we’ve been given the wrong handle more often than we’ve received the fortunate decisions. One lucky decision that comes to my mind was the penalty awarded to Spearing (although Spearing fell well into the box and the defender didn’t do his side any good by ending up well within the box completing his tackle).
Some decisions simply change the course of a match. Some do even worse. They rob the team of the momentum that’s need for that place one higher than they’d achieve on merit.
While Soto didn’t do his Red wearing cast any good in those two penalties, I have a feeling the ref was all too eager to blow the whistle. He didn’t award Carroll the penalty when he was all too obviously fouled in the box. And then why did he show Andy a yellow at the first opportunity?
One wrong in favor and one against doesn’t balance it but it’s a clear case of a lot of wrongs against and very few in favor.
Refs like Webb, Atkinson and Clatenburg haven’t had a great time in refreeing our games and the FA should note that. English League is the world’s most watched football league and Liverpool Football Club is the one with the largest fan base. The FA just has to address it. Use technology, use reviews. You are a filthy rich board along with your subsidiary, the PL; use whatever the f**k else you wish. But, this has to be corrected. We just want to play a fair 11 vs. 11 game of football. May the better team win, not the worse ref.