Angry fans

OUR football correspondent LIAM MACKEY is back in top form and full of energy.

He casts his eye over your comments and gives his own critical analysis of the goings on throughout the world of football.

You may agree with him or then again

you may not.

This week Dunphy and Giles criticism of referee Hanson unjustified;

New JT chants; Bridge to shake hands with Terry; Evans form a really worry for

United; United will have competition for Rodwell; Cech the weakest link; Wolves

to rest players against United; Portsmouth give away silly money to average players;

Sky so biased towards Rooney; Italian media get stitched by incompetent.


Letter of the Week goes to Mike Turner, Clonmel. Get in touch with your postal

address and our magnificent prize will be winging its way to you before you know


LIAM, I can only assume the criticism of ref Martin Hansson's role

in the second Porto goal by R.T.E. pundits Messrs. Dunphy and Giles was a continuation

from the Henry handball incident. They spent nearly 10 minutes and several replays

castigating him whilst attempting to undermine his officiating. The ref was "too

proactive"! Even when fellow panellist Ronnie Whelan attempted to have his

say on the incident, he was quickly shot down by the pair. The normally unflappable

William O'Herlihy Esq. looked irked and tiresome of their ranting when he interjected

to show footage and highlight the fact that Hansson had actually correctly signalled

an indirect free kick as he approached the penalty area. The most important factor

in this incident is that in accordance with the rules/regulations of the game

of football, the ref is entitled to take possession of the ball from a player

if said player's action is stopping the opposition getting the ball and holding

up the game. Fabianski was doing so by holding onto the ball. I was surprised

that two knowledgeable, experienced football men overlooked this. They should

have been concentrating on the fact that Arsenal's defence had a lapse in concentration

and totally switched off and should be heavily criticised for doing so. The Porto

player took full advantage of this and should be praised for his quick thinking/reaction.

I recall Ryan Giggs scoring direct from a quick free kick last season for Man

Utd in a Champions League match and Dunphy commending him on the night stating

that it was a good goal and within the rules of the game. So what was the difference

in Wednesday's game? Is it possible that the pair had a bet placed on a score

draw? I resided in the UK for many years and had to endure the BBC/ITV/Sky coverage/analysis

which is surely at its lowest standard for years. I can only commend R.T.E. for

its excellent sports coverage and obviously in particular the football. It has

even improved in recent years with the addition of panellists Whelan, Steven,

Cunningham, Souness and the departure of Brady. I hope his recent resignation

from his International duties does not mean a return to the R.T.E. His immature,

biased, unprofessional reaction to Arsenal's departure from the Champions League

to Liverpool two seasons ago was unnecessary and embarrassing. He cannot be expected

to give an impartial, neutral view on games involving Arsenal when he is employed

by the club.

Derek Turner, Clonmel, by email


hold with your criticism of Brady who, in my opinion, was a terrific addition

to the panel but, for your spot-on analysis of the events surrounding the Porto

goal, have our Letter of the Week prize.

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