Even the most dyed in the wool, one-eyed, biased, blind to all Chelsea fans found themselves agreeing with Roberto Martinez yesterday. Branislav Ivanovic’s 61st minute goal was clearly offside; it was so offside that there can only have been two people in Stamford Bridge who missed it; the referee and his assistant. This was not a marginal, hard to make call; there was clear daylight.
As a Chelsea supporter, I’m not going to lose sleep over a goal which kept us in the hunt for 4th place but that does not stop me sympathising with Wigan. What interests me in this matter is what the FA will choose to do.
In the past, whenever a manager speaks out against poor refereeing decisions they have ignored the mistakes and instead fined the manager. But if they now treat Martinez the same way they will be fining a manager doing nothing more than speaking the truth; a truth even the opposition concede.
But if they don’t fine Martinez then what does that say of their treatment of other managers fined for honest comments following other, albeit more marginal, refereeing errors?
I have no sympathy for the FA; this is a quandary of their own making. Their mismanagement of the national game has long since passed farcical. That mismanagement continues to unjustly fine managers and players and leave the people who fund the sport (us fans) angry, bitter and frequently bemused.
We, the fans, have it within our power to change all this. We, the fans, must start boycotting the FA and their sponsors. If we don’t, we, the fans, will end up with the sport we deserve.
Let the FA, the media and everyone else know that you do not approve of the continuing mismanagement of the national sport, use the hashtag #NotMyFA on Twitter and encourage other right minded fans of all clubs to do the same.
Of course, you don’t have to join me. Just remember though that next time the FA pisses you off – don’t come bitching to me. We, the fans, have the chance to change things. Let’s do it!
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And don’t forget you can post on their Facebook pages too!
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