‘Referees Give United Preferential Treatment’ – Patrick Vieira Has Another Dig At Fergie & Co.

Alan Duffy

28th, March 2012

22 Comments

By Alan Duffy


“Paddy Vieira give Fergie the gasface”

Manchester City’s Football Development Executive, Patrick Vieira, has decided to keep the war of words going with Sir Alex Ferguson, after claiming that the Red Devils get preferential treatment from match officials.

The former Arsenal star was speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, the day after Michael Oliver failed to give Fulham a blatant penalty at Old Trafford. The former French international said:

“When United play at home they get some advantage that other teams don’t get. When you go to United, Madrid, Barcelona, or Milan, it’s always difficult for the referee to go against these kind of teams.”

“This is the way it is. It’s something the teams who are used to winning get all the time, so we need to win games so we have this advantage in the future.”

To be perfectly honest, this opinion is nothing new and most football fans, except those United ones of course, would probably agree with Vieira. However, what’s more interesting is that the City man is pulling no punches in his verbal joust with Fergie which means a lot more ‘ammunition’ should be in the offing from Old Trafford very very soon. It’s like the court of Louis XVI all over again. Except with less wit. And fewer powdered wigs.

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22 Comments

  1. Mr. Sparkle says:

    It’s true, all the big teams do.

  2. aaron says:

    it is true. in the same way that certain players escape cards for dreadful challenges because they’re ‘not that kind of player’ etc

  3. raza says:

    viera running scarred.

  4. Squash says:

    …It’s like Man.City get all the decsions against them!

  5. Jarren says:

    u mad, vieira?

  6. Roy Keane says:

    I’m sure he didn’t mind when stoke weren’t given a penalty when Gareth Barry nearly broke Glenn Whealan’s ankle. fucking hypocrite. If he loves senegal some much why didn’t he go play for them. Having said that, it was a stonewall penalty for fulham the other night.

  7. Nicolas says:

    If Vieira claims something – its prolly right.

  8. Bestie says:

    Fulham have conceded FEWER penalties at home than United have. Since 2006, United have had 9 penalties called against them at OT, and Fulham 8 at Craven Cottage.
    Sorry to confuse you with the facts

  9. Ashkan says:

    Bestie,
    Now count the number of times your team has got away with penalties at home? As a Fulham fan we’ve never got away with anything! You always get the decisions! We never get ANY decisions.

  10. Jimmy says:

    That’d be awesome if, mid-sentence, Patrick got a tap on his shoulder and Roy Keane was standing right there. Probably piss himself again.

  11. Kenny says:

    the reason United seem to get all the calls is because refs can be affected by crowd size and United have the biggest (club) stadium in England.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070403112044.htm

  12. Carlos B says:

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    So says Patrick. Wonder why he didn’t include Arsenal in that list ?

  13. lfc_man says:

    By my count Man Utd have scored 7goals in the league from penalties this year. Man City 4 and 3rd place Arsenal with just 1goal scored from a penalty.

    I don’t how many points those goals have yielded, but I think there are too many penalties given in modern football. Might be a combination of poor defending and poor referees.

  14. klf says:

    Perhaps Viera, and you, should check out http://www.debatabledecisions.com/ and see that this is not always the case

  15. Karan says:

    Hmmm…
    Now we finally know what a “Football Development Executive” does.

  16. lordrt says:

    patshit viera is scared, so much money invested yet still lying 2nd

  17. shay says:

    If you look the stats up you can see that United has had less penalties called in the past 10 seasons than at least 5 other teams, including Man City. If Viera is trying to play mind games with SAF this is a very poor attempt. And not very original either.

  18. Robin says:

    I am a United fan and I agree that Monday night should have been a penalty.

    One thing that counted in Carricks Favor (same last season with Rafael against blackpool, not old trafford though) was that when the contact was made, murphy a) wasn’t in full control of the ball and b) slightly off balance. But as stated above it should have been given.

  19. yngwie j. malmsteen says:

    Dear Patty,

    take a look at this simple enough chart (for most of us humans but perhaps not for you) that explains the amount of penalties given against and for manchester united. i think that if you are able to go through the chart completely, you will find that you really really really should have kept your mouth shut, and should probably leave the country to avoid a fergie-bitch slap to your already butt-hurt behind.

    http://therepublikofmancunia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Stats_Pens1a.jpg

  20. KingB3113 says:

    When Newcastle get gifted a very dubious penalty at Old Trafford, it’s quickly forgotten but when Fulham get denied a soft call, then everyone talks about it.

  21. Redskywalker says:

    STFU We had a blatant penalty turned down too. Everyone seems to conveniently forget that.

  22. R says:

    YES PATRICK IS RIGHT! THEY GOT OVER WITH MURDER SO MANY TIMES! FROM THE 90’S AND TILL RECENTLY- HARRASHING REFREES AND SOMEONE MUST BE A SUPPORTER OF MAN – SOMEONE MUST HAVE AN INFLUNCE OVER REFREES DECUISONS OVER THE YEARS!!

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