Sunday, July 22, 2018

Moyes has a point in Atkinson row

Everton manager David Moyes has been fined for running onto the pitch and remonstrating with referee Martin Atkinson after the final whistle of Saturdays game against manchester United blew.

The reason Moyes was running onto the pitch was because at 3-3 Everton broke away in injury-time and just as Phil Jagielka was bearing down on goal Atkinson inexplicably blew his whistle.

Jagielka’s shot was straight at Edwin Van Der Sar in the United goal but it’s unknown whether the Everton defender heard the whistle or not.


Everton had already scored two goals in injury-time but a third would have probably completed the greatest comeback the Premier League has ever seen. The fourth official held up a board which displayed a minimum of three minutes.

When the referee blew I believe the ref had played three and a half minutes of injury-time. However the three minute mark was when Manchester United were attacking he didn’t blow when they were attacking, he decided not to blow his whistle and Everton countered. David Moyes wasn’t happy to say the least. In fact he was absolutely furious.

The Everton boss told Sky Sports news on Saturday: “The two goals were scored after 90 minutes and they’d put up three minutes of extra time.

“He didn’t get his time right because there was more time to add on for the goals and he played three minutes 30 seconds. They had the corner kick and we had a great counter-attack and he blew up with the ball 25 yards from their goal.

“It is a spectator sport with people coming to watch the game and not for him to be the main man and the one who wants to be seen making the decisions. That was a terrible decision in my book.”


Referee Martin Atkinson was in charge of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford last season where he added on extra injury-time and Manchester United managed to force a winner. Is this a coincidence or is Atkinson a Red Devil in disguise? Unfortunately we will never know.


The FA has fined David Moyes £8,000 for improper conduct, yet they have decided to demote Atkinson from referee to fourth official for the Sunderland-Arsenal game on Saturday evening. How can this be right?

The FA has almost confirmed that he made a mistake by demoting Atkinson for the next game, yet still punished David Moyes even though he had a valid point. I don’t think Martin Atkinson should be allowed to referee United anymore. He has been involved in a few too many controversial incidents involving the Red Devils.


I have nothing against Manchester United but if that would of been the Red Devils on the attack about to score would the ref have blown the whistle?(Sorry Brad!) My answer would be no because Fergie would cause far too much of a fuss. I believe Martin Atkinson bottled it!


The FA have became a laughing stock in recent years and sometimes I think they don’t even bother to watch football never mind understand the game. It seems they are a clueless bunch of individuals. Not the sort of people you want making key decisions about peoples careers.


I know I am biased on this issue and I’m sorry about my rant, I just thought I had to defend David Moyes and his anger. What would have Martin Atkinson done if Phil Jagielka had put the ball past Edwin Van Der Sar and not kicked it straight at the United keeper?

We will never get an answer because referee’s never have to explain their actions, unlike players and managers. It’s time for officials to explain their actions and not hide behind the FA.

Are the FA right to fine David Moyes?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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