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He is the only ref to make a mistake in the History of the game, so you can understand.

I'd love to see what would have happened if it had happened to ANY other team. Including us, the Mancs and Arsenal, the other so called big 4. I doubt any of us would have got the same amount of sympathy and outrage. Its a joke, purely because its Liverpool.

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has been stood down from matches this weekend due to giving us the contraversial penalty and Steve Hackett has apologised to Liverfool.

Did UEFA take the same action when 'the goal that never was' was awarded.

Liverpool robbed......it has got quite a ring to it icon_wink.gif

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Did anyone watch MotD2 yesterday? I am curious to know what was their opinion on the penalty.

I think no need to watch to know their opinions.

Total opinions are devided in 3 general groups:

1) Mourinho, Malouda - It was a penalty!!!

2) Some footballers, taking part in that match, mostly Chelsea ones - I was too far and didn`t see it.

3) All other people on this planet who`ve heard the following keywords - Football, Liverpool, Gerrard.

Very dubious mistake, it costs Liverpool a title. All press in the world are accusing Styles!!!

In Russia, it`s `Chelsea saved a point, by a very rude referee`s mistake` icon_razz.gif

Actually in newspapers it goes sooner than "R.Madrid - Sevilla 3-5. New sexy style comes at Santiago Bernabeo!!!" icon_cool.gif

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In Russia, it`s `Chelsea saved a point, by a very rude referee`s mistake` icon_razz.gif

Actually in newspapers it goes sooner than "R.Madrid - Sevilla 3-5. New sexy style comes at Santiago Bernabeo!!!" icon_cool.gif

Oh, s**t!

Now they`re telling Styles confirms his mistake and very frustrated. On the replay we can see it was a dive. 259.gif

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They had Jeff Winter on Sky sports news a minute ago talking about how our players and Mourinho continously get away with bullying referees and crowding round them. Yet you dont hear Alex Ferguson getting critizised for saying that ref (cant remember who) enjoyed sending Ronaldo off. And they didnt mind when Saint Steven demanded a free kick against villa.

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Did anyone watch MotD2 yesterday? I am curious to know what was their opinion on the penalty.

I was curious to know their opinion of Gerrard's lunge on Mikel. Unfortunately, it wasn't important enough to get a mention. icon_rolleyes.gif

The penalty was laughable, I don't think anyone could say otherwise, but it masks that we didn't get much else from the ref before or after.

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I was listening to Keith Hackett on TalkSport about an hour ago, and he admitted that he phoned Benitez to apologise. Would he have called Mourinho if the decision had been at the other end? I somehow doubt it, though he did say that he phoned Lawrie Sanchez to apologise for the goal that should have stood in the Fulham/Boro game.

He then went on to say he wouldn't be available for interviews for a couple of weeks, as he was going to be busy phoning the entire population of Germany to apologise for Geoff Hurst's 'goal' in the 1966 World Cup Final icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif

That last bit isn't strictly true

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what also makes me angry is the fact Andy Grey gets to commentate such high-profile matches.

that guy is one of the most blatantly biased commentators its possible to hear..

the gushing admiration when someone scores against us is sickening to the core, and the guy can barely disguise his dislike of CFC..

it does piss me off, the papers have this discreditation campaign and you expect that, but for Sky to place such an exponent of the rag-media in that job is just foul..

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Are they f**king serious? I was starting to forget last time they gave us a penalty. I was starting to forget the last time the ref made a mistake and gave us an advantage by doing so. Meanwhile, we get f**ked every year, at least once. We get kicked out of the CL semis without ever being scored on and nothing happens. This is a sad day for football.

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From the Independent:

Referee Rob Styles has apologised for denying Liverpool a valuable victory over Chelsea

And there was me thinking the incident took place in the 62nd minute. Clearly Chelsea would not have continued to push for an equaliser, and the fact that we scored one had no bearing on our tactics for the final half-hour.

Oh, and the papers have obviously forgotten to print what suspension has been handed out to the joker (it was Mike Riley) who failed to award THREE blatant penalties in the Wigan-Sunderland game

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what also makes me angry is the fact Andy Grey gets to commentate such high-profile matches.

that guy is one of the most blatantly biased commentators its possible to hear..

the gushing admiration when someone scores against us is sickening to the core, and the guy can barely disguise his dislike of CFC..

it does piss me off, the papers have this discreditation campaign and you expect that, but for Sky to place such an exponent of the rag-media in that job is just foul..

Agree. If anyone gets the chance to see sky's coverage again, just listen to the way Torres's goal is greated and the abject disinterest in Lamps's penalty - scandalously biased commentary by Martin Tyler, but I now choose the "red button" option of the crowd, and yes we were magnificent!

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Vital? Yesterday it was a crucial two points. Because if Liverpool don't win their 2010th title this season it'll be all Rob Style's fault - it'll be those two points they didn't get on Sunday to blame, not any other two (or twenty two but those two), and it was Malouda's because even though it didn't look like he dived he would have dived because he's French and because he plays for Chelsea who are so obviously favoured by referees, especially at Anfield because they've been awarded two penalties in four years. And John Terry should have been sent off because dem up dere had the brass neck to give him the England captaincy instead of Saint Stevie. It's a bloody disgrace.

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?Referees are aware of the accountability that exists, as are the managers and players, and we expect referees to get big decisions correct? - so said Keith Hackett, the general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, yesterday in the wake of the Liverpudlian and Media outcry following Rob Styles ?unbelievable? penalty award on Sunday. The fall out was not quite as immediate as Andy Gray?s anger on witnessing the incident, because he knew instantly that it was not a penalty, but it was swift enough to placate the affronted and it took the form of an apology to Liverpool from Styles as soon as it became obvious that he had made a mistake.

Such is the pressure on officialdom in these situations involving the big games and the big clubs it soon became clear that Keith couldn?t hack it either and his apology was made directly to Rafa Benitez, to be passed on to everyone connected with Liverpool Football Club. We shouldn?t be surprised at this prompt action, due to the fact that it happens in every error strewn Big Premiership Game. We all remember the hoo-hah when Graham Poll, Dermot Gallagher and Mike Dean were benched and who could forget Andy D?Urso and Mike Dean being suspended from a great height for their serious breaches of rules.

You don?t recall those public humiliations? Well neither do I, but, in Rob?s case, he made the cardinal sin of goofing up in a game between Precious FC and Pariah FC and compounded the felony by erring on the side of Evil. You don?t do that sort of thing when Liverpool are at Anfield, winning through a debut home goal by someone eagerly awaiting feting and, heaven forefend, benefiting the Chels whilst you?re at it. In short, he is lucky to come out of this whole sorry business with a pea still in his whistle. Unlike Boris Johnson, who had his surgically removed by his political party for daring to tackle the Affronted Ones head on.

Still, all this needed to be aired in an age where accountability has to be recognised and, if the refereeing authorities had been the Social Services, we all know merely stating that ?lessons have been learned? would never have been enough. Justice must be seen to be done and Hackett has also confirmed that Ian Gosling, the assistant referee who failed to spot that a shot by David Healy of Fulham had crossed the goal line, would also be gameless next weekend. Tough call, bearing in mind that previous games involving Fulham have never been described as being big. Clear signs here then that referees and their assistants are now required to get the big decisions right in every game - the revolution begins!

Soon we shall have instant retribution for the culprit running the line who misses the victim breaking the offside trap and wrongly raises his flag. No doubt it will take the form of an instant replay on Sky, an instant call to the referee and an instant rebuke to his assistant, who will then immediately kneel and pray for clemency. This will be followed by him turning towards the crowd and, in a moment of pure supplication, he will cry out ?I AM SO SORRY? whereupon the assembled masses will respond. In a perfect world, the authorities expect this to be something along the lines of ?THAT?S ALLRIGHT MATE, WACK, CHUCK or JIMMEH {depending on the venue), but only time will tell if the authorities have got the level of mercy, throwing at feet and forgiveness right in this respect.

Talking of respect, we can only wait and see if Rob Styles has any left. The Times tells us today that those who mix in refereeing circles believing him to be a ?confident rather than arrogant? performer, so now that one of the best bits of his character has taken a severe mauling can we all look forward to him returning a much better referee than he was before he made his cataclysmic error? Comfortingly, he knows that he has the support of people like Keith Hackett, Jeff Winter and Andy Gray in his quest not to make human errors, it?s just that achieving that aim is way beyond all four of them and in the end there is only one bloke carrying the can. As Richards Keys said to his bellicose colleague at the end of a rant at Rob Styles - ?Might it not be better to just accept it as just a mistake and move on?? Gray looked at him in amazement, as if to say, how could he be so forgiving? Unbelievable!

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Some quality readers' comments on the Telegraph site:

now the referee has admitted his error which clearly cost liverpool 2 points, i think that liverpool should be credited with two points and chelsea docked a point.

Posted by mark barker on August 21, 2007 9:08 AM

I don't blame the ref. Essien should be retrospectively booked for diving and therefore red carded.

Posted by Andrew on August 21, 2007 9:35 AM

What can you say?

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Some quality readers' comments on the Telegraph site:
now the referee has admitted his error which clearly cost liverpool 2 points, i think that liverpool should be credited with two points and chelsea docked a point.

Posted by mark barker on August 21, 2007 9:08 AM

I don't blame the ref. Essien should be retrospectively booked for diving and therefore red carded.

Posted by Andrew on August 21, 2007 9:35 AM

What can you say?

Hang 'em?

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Some quality readers' comments on the Telegraph site:
now the referee has admitted his error which clearly cost liverpool 2 points, i think that liverpool should be credited with two points and chelsea docked a point.

Posted by mark barker on August 21, 2007 9:08 AM

I don't blame the ref. Essien should be retrospectively booked for diving and therefore red carded.

Posted by Andrew on August 21, 2007 9:35 AM

What can you say?

Hang 'em?

Whatever we do, we MUST make sure they do not reproduce!

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