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April 12, 2010

Howard Webb is Really Not Good

Let me be up front, I despise Chelsea. So at first I just thought my horrible anti-Chelsea bias was coloring this. But then I saw that calm, rational Martin O’Neill had the same reaction to the above tackle that I did—specifically: “How the f**k did England’s Brave Douche John Terry not get a straight red for that tackle?”—and figured that we were both pretty dead on.

Okay, so maybe O’Neill had little bit more invested in Saturday’s FA Cup semi, but hard to argue that Terry shouldn’t have been sent off.

Unless you’re the color guy (Andy Townsend, I think) on the ITV broadcast.

Quote: “He [Terry] actually does take a slice of the ball to start with… When the ball is bouncing like that, you are going to go in studs up. That’s a fact of life as a footballer.”

Somebody help us out. Is he really trying to excuse Terry? Because that’s what it sounds like. First with the whole he-got-the-ball nonsense. And that’s pretty great in itself, because if you watch, from the first two angles, the ball seems like it bounces off the side of Terry’s shin almost as if by accident. Second, it’s almost like he’s intimating that the ball-is-bouncing fact-of-life makes it totally okay to add a second hinge to a guy’s knee.

Of course John Terry is Not That Kind of Player™. Maybe he is just trying to make sure that any potential Three Lions teammate this summer hates his guts. Or maybe Milner banged his wife.

Anyway, not sure who is luckier here, Terry or Milner. Terry for escaping ejection or Milner for not getting Eduardo’d. According to O’Neill: “James is very sore and very, very lucky. We think he’s got away with it. His leg’s in the air at the time. If you see the challenge, the knee bends out. I’ve just spoken to my doctor and he says he’s a very lucky boy.”

This is almost as bad as the non-call on the Agbonlahor penalty in the first half. When Terry puts his foot into Milner, the match was still only 1-0 with more than 15 minutes to play. If Chelsea go down a man with that much clock still in the match, the outcome is very much in doubt.

Hard not to feel sympathy for O’Neill. His squad’s two domestic cup runs have come to an end with Villa being on the wrong end of three really bad calls. The first by Phil Dowd and his inability to rightly send off Vidic in the Carling Cup final, then the two by Webb over the weekend. Refs aren’t perfect (and this season they seem to be worse than ever) but the whole “These things tend to even out” adage is not really panning out for Villa.

Dowd caught a break though. Mike Riley was probably worse in the other semi on Sunday; bad enough even to make people forget that Villa got jobbed as Spurs were maybe victimized worse.

(By the way, ripped the video from here thinking it might get yanked from the youtubes. If you’ve got a moment take in some spectacular racism in the comments).



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20 Comments


  1. Keith

    The thing that’s stuck with me from the last two fixtures is how absolutely dirty Chelsea play (Deco could and should have collected two yellows- his whole tackling philosophy seems to be “clip the guy’s achilles after the ball’s gone.”). And then I saw that challenge, and realized that they’re just following their captain’s example.

    Absolutely shameful, and I hope he goes into a 50-50 with Shawcross or Martin Taylor sometime soon.


  2. Precious Roy

    I love how Terry bothers to complain to Webb, too. I’m certainly not a Villa fan, nor do I give a s**t about English national team, but I’m happy for Milner that his weight wasn’t on that leg when the tackle happened or he’d be f**ked.


  3. Josh

    I’m a Chelsea fan and I thought that should have been a red. That’s definitely the kind of foul that breaks guys’ legs. The Agbonlahor penalty in the first half was pretty clear too. Chelsea got lucky, but I wouldn’t say they were lucky to win the match.


  4. Josh

    Also: Deco just sucks.


  5. Goat

    I finally saw The Damned United last night and it’s too bad there aren’t more managers like Brian Clough who will point out that Chelsea may win but they’re a bunch of cheating, violent c**ts.


  6. Goat

    Also, someone from Villa should have punched Terry in the neck.


  7. Georger

    Great tackle, love it start to finish. Also I forgot Deco was still in England.


  8. MGD

    Should have been a red…
    I dont want to hear about the penalty call… they do tend to even out… Cheslea should have received 6 PK’s in the last 2 ties they lost in the Champions League (3 vs Barca and 3 vs Inter)


  9. phil

    I don’t see anything wrong here.

    /is Alan Wiley
    //Sips Twinkie smoothie while eating Big Mac


  10. phil

    Man Terry went after Milner’s knee like it was another man’s wife. What a c**t.


  11. Ryan

    Here are some wonderful still images of Howard’s performance:
    http://astonvillacentral.com/2010/04/howard-webb-needs-to-explain-this/


  12. whizalen

    oh man, that should’ve been a straight red. wow.

    also Roy, EBJT would could pull out a gun, shoot another player and when whistled for a foul would complain. he’s a c**t-bag


  13. Precious Roy

    Holy s**t, Ryan… that last pic is awesome. Webb waved play on for a 3 (Villa) to 7 (Chelsea) advantage?


  14. jjf3

    The more times I see that, the more pissed off I get about Terry not getting straight red on that…


  15. Anonsters

    I think the assholishness of the commentator deserves more focus as well. WTF? “It’s a fact of life?”


  16. ebullientfatalist

    Guys, this is English football! Tackles like this are part of the game! Why can’t anyone understand that! Hard, dirty tackles from c**ty characters of low morale standing make the English game wonderful to watch, career threatening injuries be damned!!!


  17. ebullientfatalist

    Pete Davies once wrote something to the effect of the Renaissance happened in Italy and the Industrial Revolution happened in England, and we know this by watching the way they play football.


  18. Anonsters

    @EF: Ha, I like that.


  19. James T

    Yeah, that’s a red. I applaud ECJT for daring to protest the yellow card.


  20. James T

    Howard Webb has managed to RUIN the world cup final!!!!!

    What a f$%&$#@$% – does he know how to do anything else but give cards out and thereby encouraging the players to act like wounded pansies!

    F$@#%@#@!@ A hole!!!!

    FIFA u can also go shove it!



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