We head into most Premier League weekends accepting that bad refereeing decisions are going to occur. Like the changing of the seasons, the orbit of the planets and Ashley Young going to ground under minimal contact, it’s just one of those inevitabilities of life that we we may not fully understand, but have to accept.
But even by the lower than a snake’s belly standards of the Premier League, last weekend was a shocker. We had:
- Kevin Mirallas staying on the field in the Merseyside Derby by virtue of the little known ‘it’s ok if it’s Luis Suarez you’re trying to cripple’ rule
- Wes Brown getting a red card for a vicious assault on the football during Stoke v Sunderland
- Yannick Bolasie seeing red for slipping into an opponent when Hull hosted Palace
- Wayne Rooney kicking an opponent, staying on the pitch, scoring, providing an assist and generally complaining about every other decision the referee made
It was enough to have you wondering what exactly is going on with refereeing at the moment. Well wonder no more because using our powers of espionage, the Paddy Power Blog can exclusively reveal the guidelines the FA have given match officials to work off this season: