Death threats to ref over Reds' penalty
November 21, 2008 7:06am CST
The referee in charge of Liverpool's Champions League game with Atletico Madrid, has admitted receiving death threats.The Swedish referee pointed to the spot in the fourth minute of stoppage time at Anfield, which Atletico were winning 1-0 at the time, for what he perceived to be a push on Gerrard from Mariano Pernia. in an interview he said. "I had enough. The phone ran all the time and I had a great many text messages. I am pretty used to this, but now I've had enough. It has been very threatening. I feel completely fed up, quite simply. I have always had my mobile phone on and my number has been on the network. Now it no longer works. I'm sad that I can't be as open as I once was. I have notified the police that there have been threats against my life. But it is difficult for the police to prove." this is very unfortunate for him. poor ref.i don't think this the proper way for the fans to react. what do u think.
22 Nov 08
Ref has always been blamed for lousy decisions, ever more so this season. Ref are also humans, and they will make mistake. They will also be influenced by the crowd, the managers and the environment, no matter how professional they are. It is really hard to make a decision when players burst infront of your face and show you that 'I am really innocent!' look even when they have clearly fouled. Refs are always on the losing end. I guess it is time to use technology to aid ref in decision making, and I am really surprise nothing much has been done. Yes, experiments are undergoing, but football bodies seemed reluctant to use technology to aid ref. I hope they will act fast. Ref will really benefit alot with multiple camera angle, offside or goal detection.