‘BECAUSE HE’S A MATE’ – MIKE DEAN CONFIRMS WORST FEARS AROUND PGMOL

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We’ve said for a long time that PGMOL isn’t fit for purpose and referees in our country, for a variety of reasons, are not up to the standard.

Some basics have had my alarm bells ringing for a long time.

  • They are predominantly from the North of England (37%) with 0% from London
  • They are all English – I flag this because football teams have a diverse range of nationalities – why? Because they are picking from the best.
  • Up until last week, they were all white
  • The only severe accountability for poor performance has been one firing. For perspective, 17 Premier League managers were sacked last year.

If you were to build out an approach to creating a system of accountable refereeing that put a priority on performance and fairness – they way we have it right now would not cut muster.

Certain teams seem to be on the end of worse decisions, consistently

Certain referees have very disturbing patterns against certain teams

There is no consideration of regional bias when mapping referees to games

Certain managers have the ability to move refs off their games

The only consistency is the inconsistent application of the rules

So when Mike Dean goes on a podcast 3 months after giving up football and brazenly talks about not giving a decision…

“because he is a mate”

“I think I didn’t want to send him up because I didn’t want any more grief than he already had”

… questions will be asked.

There is a segment of people in media who think fans are absolutely mad for creating theories around how refs officiate – now they can all stand down, because one of the most notorious refs of the past decade just gave up the goods and told the world what we already knew – decisions aren’t based on the facts of the game, they’re wrapped in emotion.

If you can fudge a decision because you empathise with a mate, you are not a serious official. You are not above bias, you are not above partisanship, you are not above revenge, you are not mature enough to look beyond your own personal feelings of disdain towards characters you simply don’t like. That is a problem when your decisions impact lives.

One of the most famous referees in PGMOL history just admitted he took one for the team to protect a mate from grief. This gives an incredible amount of weight to the ‘not fit for purpose’ crowd. I’ve seen headlines that say ‘this will feed conspiracies’ which is amusing, because it’s not feeding anything bar the truth we all knew about.

The framing of this headline is so disappointing – it’s like the writer thinks this is a gaff that shouldn’t have happened. I disagree, I’m glad he said it, because now we have something to fix. This sort of honesty around the problem is much needed – especially as so many of the football intelligentsia have been telling normal fans they are stupid for believing that the only thing going on with refs is a touch of ‘whoopsie.’

The moment merits an external investigation. It needs a reaction. There has to be a longterm plan for how this sort of behavior is fixed. This isn’t a one-off – it’s part of a rotten culture. It is a corruption of the game, it is a sledgehammer through the window of fairness, and it’s a look inside the mindset of a group that has almost no accountability. If a Judge made decisions like this in court, they’d be removed. If an auditor made decisions based on likeability, they’d be sued. People lose their livelihoods based on these decisions and we’ve just found out they are tainted.

This cannot go unaddressed. The first action should be to hire an independent consultancy. There needs to be a root cause analysis of what the problem is and why it is getting worse.

  • Understand the data
  • Interview the refs
  • Interview managers
  • Look at the training
  • Look at the processes around improvement
  • Look at how discipline is dished out
  • Spend time with refs in realtime
  • Come back with recommendations that haven’t been influenced

Mike Dean’s comment has rocked the belief that there is fairness in the game, the severity means the investigations findings should be made public so we can see how PGMOL plan to fix them.

Will anything like that happen? No. Because Howard Webb is one of the boys. His job is to protect referees at all costs – not the integrity of the game. Until we put someone in charge who knows how to be a change agent in a rotten organization, we’ll keep seeing the decline of standards, and we’ll occasionally get snippets like this that confirm our worst fears.

Right, get on the latest podcast.

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Marko

I think so much goes over Nigel’s head on account of him being so preoccupied with judging people’s fandom that it’s kinda comical.

Marko

refrain from certain topics as inevitably some idiot will come along and cross the line.

I think that’s the issue. There’s enough of them that are regulars that an inevitable discussion comes up and lo and behold the place turns to shit. That guy didn’t just pop out of nowhere… though I do imagine that he lives under a rock

MidwestGun

Guess I should post it… pedro@le-grove.co.uk

If you want to contact Pete.

Tom

If you want to contact Pedro and get a swift response all you need to type is:
“Unagi Emery did a decent job at Arsenal”

Carts

Spot on with that list, Pedro!

Mike Dean has always been a rat, a slimey one at that.

His revelations should remind the rest of the refs that their job is to objectively officiate games.

Tom

fucking auto correct ruined it

Marko

Who me? Fuck no I don’t give a shit if the place turns into a dumpster fire I got banned for 6 months cause I used to question Arteta as opposed to rim him very early on.

Look there’s a reason why that CG guy isn’t around anymore and yet when Emery was in charge he was very prominent. Anyways

Max

Wooow.. where did that come from? 😅 the most bizarre thing about that post is nobody was calling for whites to be erased from either EPL teams or that all refs should be non white, let alone all black! Like wtf. Pedro called for more diverse representation in EPL refs both regionally and nationally. There are other ethnicities besides black and white last time I checked. Talk about barking mad

MidwestGun

No prob Peds… Thanks for taking it down.

Nigel Tufnel

Could still be talking about Marko lol.

Nigel Tufnel

Trossard should really start…. Martinelli was awful last week. Really bad.

allezkev

Pochettino seems to be getting a tune out of Raheem Stirling

China1

You wanna see a real ref conspiracy? I don’t see one mention of that dean comment on sky sports news They must have *accidentally* somehow missed this scandalous comment that shines a terrible light on their best sporting asset – PL TV rights But this is why clubs like arsenal have to step up and take ownership of the situation. PGMOL are not going to voluntarily fix themselves. Why on earth would they? Sky and co don’t really enjoy shitting on their best product so will be largely quiet on the reffing disaster class with just occasional side mentions or… Read more »

Moray

Like most institutions in the UK, then, we have confirmed the refs guild is comprised of amateurs who are more focused on sporting their cronies than doing an honest day’s work. I’m not sure why they’re hanging on to this idea of a ref having to be British. With so much at stake financially for all teams, the performance of this group of useless cunts should be a national embarrassment (and they don’t cover themselves in glory either when they do get the chance to ref at international tournaments)…and the fact one of the biggest incompetents is happy to admit… Read more »

Moray

VAR has actually been a positive move in shedding light on the incompetence and corruption of this group. It’s taken away the idea of “I didn’t see it” or “easy to make a mistake in the heat of battle”.

If anything, thoigh, it seems to have made the decision making worse as there are now more people involved to share the blame among.

rollen

Vasily GTFO and take others Un and others with you!

Madhu

Haters are everywhere and it’s our individuals durty to counter hate. Thanks to everyone who countered it and Pedro for taking action. Hate has no place in this world and it’s time we recognise that. Just so that you are aware of how ahte is being.used to poison young minds let me narrate an incident that happened in an Indian classroom yesterday. Its made me very sad and it’s gut wrenching tk see such incidents. In a primary school in a small town in one of the state a kid of 8 yr old don’t do his homework. The class… Read more »

dSidstathopoulos

The discussion about referees is in order. I hope the people talking about ” Refraining from certain topics” are Not refering to that. That would be absurd.

dSidstathopoulos

Posters should take an IQ and EQ test before being allowed from moderation.

Im telling you for free!

Madhu

Thanks for the interview of Saka. It again emphasizes that the players and coach do have targets this season and every season. Theya re bitterly disappointed that last season they couldn’t get over the line. That’s the attitude of elite sports professionals. That bitterness and desire to get over the line will be a huge motivating factor to do better this season. Kudos to Arteta for instilling this sense into the team and getting someone like Rice into the mix to buttress this attitude. As a fan I could not be more happier to listen to Sakas bites. They exactly… Read more »

Freddie Ljungberg

Nigel

“Martinelli was awful last week. Really bad.”

Waiting for you to condemn the cretin/clown/youtube highlights watcher that posted that negativity about one of our players.

Oh wait…

China1

Moray absolutely

It’s actually good for shining a light on the corruption because ‘I didn’t see it’ no longer applies. Now it’s demonstrably ‘I saw it but decided not to give it anyway’ which is far worse and very easy to prove the wrong doing is intentional

Bilbo

Happy enough with this:

Arsenal and Monaco have agreed a €40m (£34.3m) transfer for striker Folarin Balogun to move to the principality.

It is understood that Arsenal have brokered a significant sell-on clause for Balogun. The 22-year-old is expected to have his medical this weekend before completing the move on a long-term deal.

China1

In other news

An observation about the table and fixtures this weekend

An arsenal win will mean certain points taken off either of Newcastle or pool who play each other this weekend

Other big teams should all be expected to win and Chelsea already have. Any other dropped points from them will be pure bonus and pretty unlikely

Savage

The referees problem is a bit complex because it depends on how well the system is producing referees – it’s about the size of the pool of talent. It’s a filthy job, a true working-class job, and that’s why poorer areas (e.g. the northwest) produce more referees.

This is a big reason I really approve of the new rules regarding yellows for behaviour towards officials. It’s a key step towards improving the job and attracting better refs. But it’s a medium term fix.

Bilbo

I’m not sure I agree Savage. It’s not a surplus of NW referees, it’s the number of north westerners at the top who are promoting their mates. It’s not like you’ve got weekends on hackney marshes played without refs…..I do agree though that they need to be properly compensated to get actual talent into the field. As long as that comes with proper scrutiny and a clear performance review process

Bob N16

Get foreign coaches in, raises standards and breaks the cabal.

Oh and Savage, there are a few working class people living in SE, I would guess more than the whole of the NW.

bacaryisgod

Definitely well below what we wanted but if there’s a significant sell-on fee then it’s a good deal.

The other attractive aspect of the sell-on fee is that it will make us the most competitive bidder if we ever decide to compete for his signature from Monaco. Let’s say he’s worth 60m in two years but have a 15% sell-on fee. We could offer 52m and still be a better deal for Monaco to accept than a team like Chelsea coming in at 60m.

Bilbo

Bacary, the market wasn’t prepared to pay what we wanted. The best fee would have been from the PL but, understandably, we weren’t keen on selling to Chelsea/wankstains down the road. The inclusion of the future sale clause should mean we’re due near another 10m down the line which gets us to our target – we realistically couldn’t have sold him for £50m *with* a sale clause.

Terraloon

bacary Definitely well below what we wanted but if there’s a significant sell-on fee then it’s a good deal. The other attractive aspect of the sell-on fee is that it will make us the most competitive bidder if we ever decide to compete for his signature from Monaco. Let’s say he’s worth 60m in two years but have a 15% sell-on fee. We could offer 52m and still be a better deal for Monaco to accept than a team like Chelsea coming in at 60m. Sell ons aren’t really that lucrative unless it’s an outrageous fee offered or the exact… Read more »

bacaryisgod

Terraloon

You’re not correct about the sell-on fee only based on profit. It can be handled in more than one way-here’s an article in the Guardian which references John Stones and Adam Lallana sell-on fees. These were percentages of the total future sale not just the profit.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/22/what-is-the-biggest-fee-earned-from-a-football-sell-on-clause

Bilbo

Terra, you can stipulate whether it’s % of sale or profit.

bacaryisgod

Terraloon

Having said that, it stands to reason that the higher the fee a club pays then the less likely they are to agree to a sell-on fee based on the full amount. However, if Arsenal really were insisting on a much higher fee for Balogun and Monaco couldn’t get there then a healthy sell-on fee is the obvious way for them to bridge the gap.

Mr Serge

On the club pnl balance sheet we get to show all of the transfer as profit as balo is a youth product should mean we can spend all of the money without getting nearer to an ffp breach.

Bob N16

Good stat- ‘We have lost just one of our last 34 Premier League games at Emirates Stadium kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday (W27 D6}’.

Bob N16

Pau Tierney, today’s ref
‘We are looking to record our first win under the watchful eye of Paul Tierney since February 2021, having lost five and drawn one since then – that point coming after surrendering a 2-0 lead at Liverpool back in April.

Last season saw us also beaten by Manchester United and exiting the FA Cup at Manchester City with Tierney in the middle, meaning we have won just six of 16 games he has taken charge of.’

Josip Skoblar

The PL’s credibility is on the line with this referring scandal. To have biased referees involved in games is an act of corruption. Mike Dean and his pals seem to be doing it for free but it is nonetheless corruption. This is a very serious situation.

Josip Skoblar

Thé Spanish football federation is beyond the pale,
Spanish football = sexist + racist.
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/aug/26/spain-football-federation-threatens-to-sue-protesting-female-players

Northbanker

Bob – that is because they are always against poor teams . TV isn’t interested and therefore it’s left with the default 3pm ko

Northbanker

Well I’m really struggling with the digital passes. Got mine for the Man U game loaded ok on to Apple Wallet but unfortunately the other 3 are on my family’s accounts.

Which would have been fine but none of us know their membership passwords. So used the lost password function for all 3 accounts and of course it doesn’t work. Not a single email arrived.

I haven’t even got to thinking about how I’m going to deal with my sons broken iPhone yet

This new Arsenal ticket system is really shit and I haven’t even got to the ground yet

EdTheRed

I still think if Arteta’s plan for this season works, we will resemble more Klopp’s peak Liverpool than anything Guardiola produced.

Would be good to thrash Fulham today. Just a little statement before ManUre game next weekend.

englandsbest

I’m interested in comments, not personas. It doesn’t matter to me what colour, creed, or nationhood or politics the commentator has. All that matters is his allegiance to AFC.

At the same time, comments express a POV, and thus, willy-nilly, reveal the poster’s persona – optimist, pessimist,, fence-sitter, attention-seeker, etc. But it’s what he says, not who he is, that counts. And what he says should, directly or indirectly, be about issues that involve Arsenal.

And some of those issues involve more than just Arsenal – for example the non-consensual kiss.

EdTheRed

Northbanker Ticketing system is a mess, to say politely. It will not stop touting, which I believe is why it was introduced in fist place. Friend of mine is a season ticket holder and he’s been sharing it with his dad for years, he’d get in on his smartphone, his dad would get in on a membership card. But the club has stopped card entrance. So he had to create an email for his dad (as instructed by club’s administration), then he sends his code via email to his dad, his dad prints out the ticket. The only thing is,… Read more »

Dissenter

Xhaka and Martinelli aren’t playing well but I don’t think it’s entirely their fault
They haven’t learned how to play with Havert but there are other options for the manager, there are 203 players who can come in and bring our wingers intake the game. Right now it’s not Havertz.

Bob N16

Fair point about 3pm KOs Northbanker but stat still stands. I’ve got the hang of the digital ticketing after following the instructions carefully with two windows open to work my way through it. The key is to have all your friends and relatives on your ‘network’. Easy for them to register, they give an e mail and get assigned a number. Then you add to network. At that point all you have to do is select the match ticket you want to transfer, click on their name once you select from network. They then will receive an email to accept… Read more »

Bob N16

Dissenter, did Xhaka appear in your predictive text?

Bob N16

Certainly not stopping the usual touts saying ‘any tickets for sale?’.

First home match one of my mates got let in without showing anything!

Dissenter

Pedro
Thanks for taking down the hateful post
At some point, just bin political commentary. It doesn’t take too long for such commentary to deteriorate into extreme nonsense.

Dissenter

Bob
Oh dear, I’ve been too long in the business of defending Xhaka that my predicative text is conditioned for it.
Yea, I meant to write Saka, not Xhaka

Northbanker

Bob – I did that to make the ticket allocation for the ballot, email informing success has all 4 tickets on it but when I log in to Arsenal app the only ticket on there is the one allocated to me. I will be looking at this again today.to see if your suggestion means I need to do this again thanks. Thank god I didn’t get any Fulham tickets Won’t apply for any more until I’ve resolved this. Also need to sell my wife’s ticket on Exchange but nowhere near being able to do that until the other ducks are… Read more »

Dissenter

The Rubiales case kinda shows why Spain struggled with the Vinicius Junior situation.

Once the head of the federation loses the support and respect of the community he’s meant to be serving, he’s essentially rendered redundant. He’s become the drag-weight and distraction.

Bob N16

I meant to say midday not 3pm Northbanker, best of luck!

dSidstathopoulos

Fulham is a very poor side without Palhinha and mediocre without noth Mitovic and Palhinha. It would be worrying if we dont give them a thrashing

Pierre

I think it’s fair to say that Odegaard، Martinelli or saka haven’t come to terms with the new system، could maybe add partey to that list as well، none are playing as well as last season. For me it looks like Arteta has broken up the onfield relationships that served us so well، saliba/Gabriel……white/saka …partey/Odegaard ، plus Zinchenko and Martinelli haven’t been able to resume their partnership as yet. Would be good to see some free flowing football instead of this possession orientated recyling football that we are seeing this season، maybe the return of Zinchenko will be the spark… Read more »

Un

Pierre

I think he’s gonna go with the same lineup only with zinchenko at left back

Pierre

Un
Doubtful as that will mean we will play with 2 inverted full backs……partey and Zinchenko.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Good read…
But VAR will never change its bent like crow bar.

Mikel Coneteta

Dissenter Elephant in the room is Eddie, don’t scapegoat Havertz for failing to bag a pair of hat tricks in his opening two games. Havertz has replaced Xhaka’s role in the team. That role is to be a movement machine, pulling defenders, offering runs, arriving late, winning duels, pressing from the front. He’s doing all those things (most distanced covered this season for us, most duels in both matches for us), but is finding it difficult because – just like last season – Eddie isn’t Gabriel Jesus levels at CF. Eddie needs a crowbar to come away from the box,… Read more »

Mikel Coneteta

“I think it’s fair to say that Odegaard، Martinelli or saka haven’t come to terms with the new system”

The supporting cast to the CF struggling (again) when Nketiah plays? Strange that.

They must all be struggling with Partey as an inverted fullback 😂

China1

Dev the lack of talent pool for refs, not buying it at all The standard at the PL level is frankly dismal. Are we saying refs in the championship are even worse? I honestly doubt they are because it would be an actual achievement to be worse and more corrupt than the PL ones Every week England manages to hold several hundred matches. All have refs. Is the PL even looking at those in lower leagues is it closed shop at the top? Certainly feels like it this why it’s the same rubbish wankers reffing poorly for literally a decade… Read more »

Marko

Would love to see Trossard come in for Nketiah and have him interchange with Havertz and see how that gets on. But just as likely to see him stay on the bench.

Will Gabriel start?

Un

Pierre

Yeah good point

Bob N16

Pierre, you make two separate points, system and lack of chemistry. I’d argue that it’s the second point not the first that is most relevant. Saka, Martinelli have not been at their best due to the lack of chemistry. If Zinchenko plays then our inverted FB will be on the left rather than on the right with Partey. This would allow BW and Saka to combine, with Zinchenko returning to familiar territory on the left which would hopefully benefit Martinelli. Assume Havertz will be on the bench, with Eddie starting but I’m not familiar with Fulham’s strengths and weaknesses, so… Read more »

Mr Serge

Northbanker I have my friends on my network for ticketing and it’s fine I don’t know why they changed it to be honest always thought it worked fine on my phone wallet and membership card.

The ballot system sucks shit too applied for 4 matches so far and got a no everytime

jwl

Long interview with Saka.
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“It means everything because these are records that go down in history,” Bukayo Saka says intently as he prepares to play his 83rd consecutive Premier League game for Arsenal against Fulham on Saturday afternoon. A seemingly random number took on fresh meaning for Saka earlier this week when, after a difficult victory over Crystal Palace, he was told that he had just equalled a record set by Paul Merson.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/aug/25/bukayo-saka-nothing-worth-having-is-easy-its-about-how-much-you-want-it-arsenal

Muppetman

Oh fucking hell the love in will start again now

Ben D

Hate to see it, but excellent goal there for the Spuds

Ben D

Maddison playing really well. Wonder what Harvetz brings that he doesn’t. Hopefully it becomes clear as the season goes on.

raptora

Hate to see it but who would have guessed that Maddison would be their best player by a mile. He’s a solid player. Meanwhile we’re banking on potential with Havertz (and height). We’ll see if we’ve made a good decision in the next couple of years.

Samesong

Madisona a much better player than Havertz thats not even debatable

Marko

Havertz catching strays when Spurs play… some of you are weird

LoveSausage

Richarlison is such an awful footballer. People talk about Pepe being a disaster signing but at least he scored some goals.

Samesong

Marko
So even before Madison when to spurs you would say Havertz is better? You’re weird.

Pierre

I’ve said all along that apart from Debruyne، Maddison is THE most creative player in the league، tottenham have a bargain.

raptora

Imagine comparing the start of the season of another player that could have been brought to our club instead of a player that has certainly divided the fan base (Xhaka’s true heir). I’ve questioned before if Maddison can be that top class player that a team needs to be the difference maker in the biggest of occasions. Probably not but I’m not sure. But he’s a solid, solid player that you know exactly what he’s gonna give your team. Havertz is a shot in the dark – could be a stroke of a genius, could be money pissed down the… Read more »

Muppetman

Maddison doesn’t have a great injury record from what I remember (easily could be wrong)?

Marko

Maddison is better value for money but I personally wouldn’t have signed either for the 8 position.

It’s just going to get annoying real quick if everytime Maddison plays well Havertz gets mentioned. I might as well do the same thing with Tonali or Gravenberch or Barella

raptora

Muppetman, before yes. But now, 8 games missed in the last 2 seasons due to 2 small injuries, 4 games a season is pretty good I guess.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Commentary gushing over spurs… it’s embarrassing

TR7

Have always rated Maddison but he is a CAM and I think Arteta can’t see beyond Odegaard for the CAM role. So I don’t think there was any chance of us going for him.

I am more worried about Trosaard and ESR getting overlooked even as some of Arteta’s first choice starting 11 are not playing well. ESR hasn’t played for even a minute, very poor utilisation of a big squad.

Samesong

Marko .

Would prefer to compare Madison with Ode but you go with flow of the convo.

KDB chose Bruno then Odengard then Maddison

Samesong

I do rate Ode over Maddison though.

Dunchirado

I know whenever Raptora favourite players play very well in a match, he will come here to tell us how he is always right about the transfers

raptora

Marko: “Maddison is better value for money” I don’t think this even matters that much. It’s a position where we shouldn’t be making calculations about 20 odd million. It’s a position that will directly influence where we’ll finish in May. Of course we couldn’t have bought a 200m player there (not that there is in that role) but if Havertz contributes enough in us lifting the title, then he’ll be worth every penny. But there were some players that on paper might have looked pretty solid for us – Maddison, Kudus, Eze, Wirtz if we wanted offensive players. There was… Read more »

Rich

The best teams focus on the collective, it’s not just about putting eleven of the most talented players on the pitch. It’s about striking the right balance, so the team functions at optimal levels. Ødegaard is the best presser in Europe’s top 5 leagues, he wins the ball back in the final third more than any other player, and leads our press brilliantly. He’s elite in tight spaces, but does struggle when the game becomes stretched…. So we need to offset that elsewhere in the team, and keep the game compact. Havertz is an off the ball player, technically he’s… Read more »

Pierre

The comparison should be Maddison/ Odegaard as they are similar players and are both regarded as the creative force in the side.
I’ve always thought that having Maddison and Odegaard in the side as our no.8’s would make us almost unplayable..

Odegaard tends to be a little hit and miss creative wise as we have seen in the first couple of games this season، today may be the day when it clicks as we can’t keep relying on Eddie to make the decisive contributions to win games..

andy1886

Coneteta, I thought that we didn’t hate on our own players? Posting all the stats but missing the one that really matters – he won the penalty which meant we took home 3 points.

Freddie Ljungberg

People still think we play with a CAM? That’s cute.

Don’t think Maddison would have suited us though, need more defensive contribution in that position.

Still think Szobozslai will prove to be the better player, already settled at Pool faster than Havertz for us. It is what it is though, we just have to hope that Havertz starts showing something he hasn’t for 3 years in England. Still too early to judge him for us.

raptora

Dunchi, I told you, I don’t even know if Maddison would be that top guy for us. I haven’t pushed for him one bit. At all. He was just one of the very, very obvious players on the market that we could have 100% pulled here if we wanted to. And he’s starting the season in a terrific form. He’s not a favorite player of mine and I haven’t pushed for him at all. I would have brought in probably Eze or maybe Kudus if the idea was to get an offensive player but I was more going with the… Read more »

Marko

Odegaard takes a massive shit on Maddison it’s not close

LoveSausage

Fulham have an xGA of 6.06 over the first two games of the season. Today will be a good opportunity for our midfield to find their groove.

Dissenter

How long for Maddison to get crocked again?

LoveSausage

Richarlison😂

The guy keeps finding new ways to look like a League One player.

Samesong

Making comparisons on players doesn’t constitute to a player being shit.

Dissenter

Arteta needs to remind Partey not to wave imaginary yellow cards
He did that against Palace when Eze dived, was lucky not to get a yellow card.

Dissenter

I never thought Richarlison was this bad
He’s been incredibly shocking since he moved to that dump

raptora

It wasn’t a dive at all, although Partey was lucky Eze kicked the ball at Partey’s right leg and saved our boy from a massive fuck up. It’s a mistake by Partey in my eyes, he was just saved by lady luck because if he didn’t play with the ball, the contact was there and it wasn’t a small one.

Habesha Gooner

This Richrlison guy is absolute dog shit. Jesus. Spurs would be much more of a threat if they had a different attacker.