Martin Milner – football expert

Over-reacts by 100%

This year’s Premier League season promises to be the most exciting yet, as either Manchester United or Chelsea could win one of the most open title races of recent times. Premier League football is the pride of this country and rightly so. I can’t think of any football across the world that is of the same quality as that played in the Barclays Premier League week in, week out.

My only criticism of the Premier League is that it is blighted by the likes of Wolves, Bolton and Stoke. When anyone thinks of the Premiership, they think of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United – not the inferior clubs like Wigan, Hull City or Portsmouth. These clubs are a disgrace to the game and an insult to people who pay good money to see them play. How they can even think for one minute that they’re good enough to justify lining up against any of the top four sides is laughable.

In an ideal world the Premier League would be divided up so that Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United could form a breakaway Premier Superleague, subsidised by 80% of the broadcast revenue generated by the rest of the teams remaining in the Premier League. The club finishing first in the Premier League would win the privilege of playing in four televised exhibition matches against the Premier Superleague sides and receiving 5% of the revenue generated from each fixture.

The dinosaurs at the FA would do well to take notice of this.

Nothing is more infuriating in football than bad refereeing. Rob Shoebridge’s howler in the game between Bristol City and Crystal Palace was the most disgusting thing I have ever seen on a football pitch. How he could have given a goal kick when the ball clearly went over the goal line is beyond belief. What sort of idiot does this idiot think he is? He’d do well to remember that the players are what the game is all about. And that the money generated by their skill and professionalism puts food on his family’s table.

Good referees should know their place. They should be seen and not heard. A referee’s job is to stay out of the way of play and allow the game to continue to its conclusion. Someone should tell them that they are not the stars of the game and that they should have some respect for the players who are. A lot of them just want to get on TV and to be able to say they’ve influenced the course of a game, which is pathetic.

At the end of the day referees are just pansies who can’t play football, but are desperate for a piece of the limelight generated by people who are not only great sportsmen, but also much better human beings than them. They can only dream of having the talent and lifestyle of the players, but they never will. In my opinion they’re the plankton of the game and not fit to lace the players’ boots.

They should be made to kneel before the players on the way in and out of the tunnel as a sign of bloody respect.


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