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.
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.