This weekend saw another horrendous mistake rob a team of 3 points, well maybe 1. Sucks right? Well not so much, it happened to Crystal Palace and manager Neil Warnock. A man who put the J in Jerk. Constantly running his mouth, bitching and moaning and complaining, often by criticising others, Saturday’s faux-pas is karma in spades. After the jump, the most ridiculous referee/linesman f*ck up for a while and some ‘he said’, ‘she said’ quotes and finger pointing.
Ashton gate, 30th min, 0-0, ball to CP’s Freddie Sears, on loan from West Ham, volley…..GOOOAAAAL, oh wait? was it? Not for referee Rob Shoebridge or the lino. Goal kick. Cue the craziness.
That is one of the worst decisions I have ever seen. The phantom goal at Reading last season has nothing on that.
Nicky Maynard scored the winner for Bristol City in the 89th min and that was that. Warnock then ran his mouth and Crystal Palace chairman and tanning expert Simon Jordan accused Bristol City of cheating. Warnock refused to shake hands with BC staff and players afterwards, even getting into a pushing fight with one irked player over the insult. Warnock was mainly incensed that BC gaffer Gary Johnson did not allow his side to score a free goal to make amends for the ref’s mistake.
“What troubles me was that the Bristol City players saw what was going on and by saying nothing, that’s cheating,” he said. I don’t know how the referee did not see it. The players knew it was a goal, their manager knew it was a goal and they could have done something about it – let us go up the other end and score or something.” – Simon Jordan.
“We can put a man on the moon, time serves of 100 miles per hour at Wimbledon, yet we cannot place a couple of sensors in a net to show when a goal has been scored. I thought Gary Johnson and his players could have shown more sportsmanship because they knew it was a goal, like everyone else. But I’m 60 years old and maybe I expect too much. We were cheated. And I’m not saying that against the referee because he didn’t mean to get it wrong.”
-Palace manager Neil Warnock.
After the game, Bristol City claim they thought there was an infringement in the box and that’s why the goal was disallowed. They didn’t object to Sear’s goal but they did object to being called cheats by a man who spends 22 hours of the day on a tanning bed and doesn’t pay his bills.
“We have come to expect this from Warnock and Jordan. They are shouting and bawling without knowing the facts, as far as I understand it, the goal was disallowed for an infringement.”-Coline Sexstone, BC Chairman.
“Neil didn’t want to shake my hand and that’s up to him. I can’t say I was surprised after what had happened, but it’s one of those things.” BC manager Gary Johnson.
Today Palace received an apology from referees chief Keith Hackett. Hackett also suspended referee
“You would like to think the match officials would have spotted the ball had crossed the line. He was scheduled to do a game in midweek. He won’t be doing that. We have been working on that this morning. The ref has been spoken to.” -Keith Hackett.
While Warnock screams and moans it appears that the ref settled matters on the field during the game, Bristol City had a perfectly good goal ruled offside before Maynard hit his late winner.
Personally, seeing Warnock with his knickers in a twist is satisfying. He is a miserable t**t who is constantly bitching, moaning and talking about others. He has fallen out with nearly everyone he has faced or been within 100 yards of, including Gerrard Houllier, Rafra Benitez, Arsene Wenger, Gareth Southgate, Gary Megson, Stan Ternent and even actor Sean Bean. Joe Kinnear once publically called Warnock a ‘pratt’ after a game.
Fans are not exactly well, er, fans of Warnock either. A popular name (anagram) for him is Colin Wanker.
I can remember former Norwich manager Nigel Worthington refusing to shake hands with Warnock after a game in 06, Warnock responded with a 2 fingered salute. The ref’s mistake at Ashton Gate on Saturday couldn’t have happened top a nicer man.