I ’m writing this aft er watching yet another West Ham game be ruined by a referee. Mark Clattenburg’s horrendous display in the Hammers’ 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace was the latest in a long line of poor displays by officials this season.
How on earth he thought Cheikhou Kouyaté deserved a straight red is a mystery to me. However, I was just as angry at his manner – he couldn’t wait to get the card out of his pocket and is clearly someone who revels in being the centre of attention. When you consider the penalty decision at Chelsea, Mark Noble’s red card at Liverpool and Kouyate’s dismissal at Blackburn Rovers – both were later rescinded – and it is clear the standard of our supposed top officials is simply not good enough.
I’ve been generally against the use of technology in football as I’ve feared it would slow the game down too much. But when you see such basic errors being made week in week out it is time to reconsider.