Is honesty the best policy?

When I was younger I was told by my parents that ‘honesty is the best policy.’ Till today, it is one of the many rules that I live by and I will continue to do so. Three weeks ago, we were playing Manchester United at Old Trafford. Man Utd’s Raphael handled the ball in the area, which was overlooked and a decision that ended up sealing West Ham’s fate in the F.A Cup. Ironically, Jordon Spence also handled the ball in their area, in the same kind of fashion as Raphael’s earlier in the match but the man in the…

Is honesty the best policy?

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Andy

February 12th, 2013

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When I was younger I was told by my parents that ‘honesty is the best policy.’ Till today, it is one of the many rules that I live by and I will continue to do so. Three weeks ago, we were playing Manchester United at Old Trafford. Man Utd’s Raphael handled the ball in the area, which was overlooked and a decision that ended up sealing West Ham’s fate in the F.A Cup. Ironically, Jordon Spence also handled the ball in their area, in the same kind of fashion as Raphael’s earlier in the match but the man in the black, Phil Dowd, decided that warranted a penalty.

I am not going to get into the whole ‘no-one gets a penalty at Old Trafford’ affair; it has been covered continuously by the papers. All that I care about is the match at hand. If you give a penalty for one, you have to give it for both – it is as simple as that.

Sam Allardyce has been fined £8k for insinuating that Phil Dowd was ‘bias’ with his penalty decisions. I personally think this was a fair judgement from our gaffer. I feel that he was being honest and it was this honesty that has led to the fine. Personally, I cannot see Big Sam being too upset at the amount the fine is. He is going to feel like one of his friends has stolen money off him. It is not the money that is the issue, it is the principle.

Referees and linesmen are over-protected in my opinion. Managers have to come out and face the press after the match, so I cannot see why it should be different for the officials. I wonder how many times a ref/linesman has wanted to come out and apologise for his decision, but is unable due to FA rules.

Of course everyone makes mistakes and match officials are no different, but when fans pay good money to watch a match and get screwed over by a decision, we should be able to hear their reason for coming to that conclusion. A perfect example of this is would have been when Anthony Taylor produced two red cards in our match against Everton.

It was a very enjoyable match to watch for both sets of fans, which got ruined once Cole was sent off. It completely changed the pace of the match and Everton went onto win it. Two minutes into injury time, he sent off Darron Gibson for a similar incident. At least he was consistent but wrong in both instances, which led to both red cards being rescinded. I would have loved to hear what he had to say after the match but it was not to be.

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