Graham Poll had his say on Mad Rafa’s rant over the weekend –
“Rafa Benitez has articulated what referees have been thinking for years – that Sir Alex Ferguson can say what he wants about them and the FA will allow him to get away with it,” he told the Daily Mail.
“The authorities could point to Ferguson’s two-match ban imposed earlier this season as proof that he is not out of reach of their disciplinary department, but that was for marching onto the field after the 4-3 win over Hull and for comments made directly to the referee, Mike Dean, who in reporting the misconduct forced the FA’s hand”.
If there is an underlying feeling of resentment against Ferguson and subsequently the club, does this not indicate that far from receiving preferential treatment, United are likely to start games with a handicap?
Having seen the cuts and physical scars Ronaldo suffered earlier this season and the way we get about 25% of the penalty decisions that we actually deserve, do we take Poll’s comments seriously, is there in fact a trend among officials to hinder United?
The comments were made by Poll in justification of Rafael Benitez’s rant, though surely they have the complete opposite effect by clearly implying that certain officials “have it in” for Fergie and United.
In my humble opinion Poll should be made to name and shame the individuals who have a grudge against Ferguson so those officials should not be considered for top flight games for the good of the integrity of the sport.