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Allardyce reprimands Olsson

We all know now that Rovers midfielder, Martin Olsson took a dive in order to hoodwink the referee and earn a penalty in the recent derby game against Blackburn Rovers at Turf Moor.

Jensen who made no contact whatsoever was alledged to have brought down Olsson with referee, Mike Dean then awarding a penalty

That penalty, taken by David Dunn was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Rovers.

Olsson was so blase about it, he even admitted his sin afterwards saying:

'I thought that I was going to get a yellow card. I saw that he (Jensen) stuck his foot out, but I might have overacted a little. When the referee blew I thought he was going to give me a yellow card, but it's up to the referee in that situation.'

Clarets fans were of course insensed and Brian Laws was certainly not impressed either.

'I think there are two points here - one is the referee will be disappointed what managers and players think of him and secondly a player coming out and admitting the fact that he took a dive is another disappointing one,' Laws told Sky Sports News.

'I am not surprised if clubs target referees, they do enough due diligence on players so they will do it on referees and if they feel a referee gives more penalties than most then that's what maybe they will look at,' added Laws.

'It is a sad state if that's the case.

'We certainly don't approach games like that and I am disappointed to actually hear it.

'I am sure the referee and the association is disappointed to hear things like that.

'Maybe they will have to look at it in a different light, but certainly from our point of view we are more disappointed we lost the game over it.'

Well words of protest are one thing but does anything ever happen in this wonderful corrupt and unfair league we call Premier?

He certainly seems to have escaped any FA censure.

Oh well at least Sam Allardyce has some morals and has taken action.

The Rovers boss has now reprimanded his midfielder claiming the incident to be damaging to Blackburn's reputation

Allardyce speaking to the Daily Mail said:

'We have talked to Martin about both issues.It is something that has been dealt with internally and we move on. From our point of view you look at the situation and we coach our players to play football, we don`t coach them to dive'

I guess that will be that and we will just return to the same old,same old of diving,cheating players trying to con the referee until somebody has the guts to come down stronger and punish both offending players and clubs.They are so scared of punishment it seems (not) they will even admit to cheating!

What makes the situation worse is that a referee who clearly 'did not know what he was doing' and made many errors in the derby game capped by the terrible penalty decision should next minute be rewarded with a high-profile game between Manchester United and Chelsea on Saturday.

Brian Laws also seems livid about that making the point that despite his atrocious refereeing 'He has been rewarded with this magnificent game.`

Premiership? You are Having a Laff!!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 2 2010

Time: 10:21AM

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The sooner video technology is used at football grounds to make sure the right decisions are made the better. We still of course deserved to lose this game because of our gutless performance (be that down to nerves or whatever) but you still can't condone what has happened over the Olsson affair
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02/04/2010 10:33:00

Think that's right but I do have some sympathy for Mike Dean. Refs have to make an immediate decision and don't have the benefit of replays from different angles. Like players they get things wrong and I suppose that makes the argument for video technology being introduced. But for what ? Goals, penalties, throw-ins ? What about fouls and off-the-ball incidents ? Think I am broadly in favour but once we introduce it for, say, penalty decisions the clamour will be to widen its involvement elsewhere.
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02/04/2010 12:04:00

I would say any action on the pitch thats contentious and leads directly to a goal should be scrutinised by video and if a fifth official spots anything at all whilst watching a video,he should relay that to the referee. I know that is easier to say than do, but I think we have to start experimenting with the idea and see where it leads. It would also be fairer on the referees in the long run who wont then have to run the gauntlet of criticism for making human errors [Edited by turfmanphil]
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02/04/2010 12:10:00

Agreed that we did not deserve to win the game but two points. First, it seems that no card was given because the ref did not see who committed the alleged foul. Surely a ref cannot give a foul if he does not see it which must have been the case here, that he thought it was a foul is not good enough. Second, post match video evidence should and could be used to penalise cheating players and their clubs thereby providing a deterrent to such cheating, but will the gutless and spineless executive do it, I think not. Sad days.
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02/04/2010 12:15:00

I'm no fan of rugby union but do enjoy rugby league and like the concept of putting players on report. If the referee thinks something may have hapened but didn't get a proper view it can be assesed after the game. I have to say there is a lot more respect for the officials from the media too. Any backchat is penalised immediately. I wish players and managers would take on some responsibility for their actions but that is a forlorn hope I suspect. Cornwall has this spot on - the FA's archaic, blazer-dominated disciplinary laws need sorting out.
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02/04/2010 12:28:00

Cornwall - Something I have often thought is why is post match action not taken against 'simulation'. If players were given bans ( similar to the one Rio got for elbowing Fagan) of say 4 games as a punishment for cheating, it should eradicate the problem. If managers didnt come down hard on players getting banned for this - then it is stupidity on their part. We currently have a dubious goals panel - Why? Does it really matter that much if it was Billy or John who scored the goal? I would say not. We need a 'Simulation' Panel - and we need it quickly. As for technology - I am not so sure. In the incident on Saturday Ty would have run upfield with the ball and before the 'video ref' had time to give a decision we may have had the ball in the net ourselves. If the decision was to give a penalty, it would lead to uproar. I think technology should be introduced, but goal line only.
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02/04/2010 13:19:00

I just think how far do you go with video replays, what the prem and football leagues should do is anybody found cheating during a game. After the game they should view the incident if the player has cheated automatic five match ban that would sort the problem out within a month of introduction.
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02/04/2010 13:27:00

I like Union as well as League RT , and there isn't a problem at any match when the ref makes the rectangle sign signifying 'let's have a closer look at this' . If anything it adds to the excitement as everyone waits to see the outcome, which is usually clear and uncontestable. If rugby union's farting blazer brigade can introduce it , then why not the FA's ? It could start with just being used for anything concerning the penalty box and goal line , and I think that would be enough.
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02/04/2010 13:31:00

I have always generally been against video replays but admit it works well in rugby, but it still calls for the refs initial decision which may not work with a crafty cheat. The alternative I would prefer is a meaningful post match punishment but I retain my opinion of the gutless and spineless executive.
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02/04/2010 16:06:00

I just think we just have to start trying using the technology, it will be a learning curve and we may have to modify things as we go along but until we have a go we might never know!
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02/04/2010 16:19:00

you right ww didnt deaeve to win due to our extreamly gutless proformance but nor did we deserve to lode through a dive a blatenet cheating dive at that
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02/04/2010 16:38:00

I am all in favour of some kind of technology, and although I don't follow rugby or understand the game, from what little I have seen and heard it seems to work. Olsson, has admitted it was a dive so surely that merits some kind of punishment from the PL or FA.
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02/04/2010 17:33:00

Sadly, to me Olsson did not simply admit it was a dive, he bragged about it and that he had trained and played for it. The media know what it is all about when they say "he has won a penalty" rather than that the penalty was given away by the defender.
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02/04/2010 17:44:00

Yes , and the video ref would have seen it clearly there and then. Having said that, he would also have seen that their goal wasn't offside. But if they're going to use it for offsides, we'd have beaten Arsenal and levelled with Spurs possibly changing the outcome of that match. Let's start with penalty box and goal line and see.
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02/04/2010 18:40:00

I'm for video replays, it's ridiculous we don't have them in this day and age. The argument that it slows the game down doesn't hold up as the replay could be done in the same amount of time the players now spend arguing with the ref. I also can't see why can't they take retrospective action for incidents like diving etc. I for one am tired of the shirt pulling and wrestling that goes on in the penalty area without any punishment. I would say that if you put a hand on another player, including his shirt, whether you impede him or not then it's a foul. Also every single decision is complained about by players, even when the ref is right, it's really annoying. I have sympathy for Dean, who basically won us the play-off final by NOT giving two penalties to Sheffield United, because I have often been wrong about penalties when I have seen the replay. Against Man United I (and all the crowd around me) thought it wasn't a penalty by Blake (which the Beast saved anyway) but it definitely was and against Everton I thought it was a dead set penalty but he dived. It's hard to tell sometimes, even at a good angle. It's the players who should be castigated not the refs.
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03/04/2010 02:31:00

Dean made two more blunders at that match he was rewaded with gave a goal that was clearly offside and one that was clearly handball.
Grimsby Claret
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05/04/2010 21:47:00


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