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  1. Oh he definitely does, and it is a fraction of a second after he blows the whistle. But given the refs decision process - assessing the nature of the head injury, what context applies for the restart, stop the game - is prior to him actually blowing, it is entirely reductive to fume about that fraction of a second between the Forest lad touching the ball and the whistle being audible. The ruling about restarts from head injury stoppages is just fundamentally not one where should expect to apply VAR or Hawkeye type technology to determine exactly the point of the game stopping. Nearly all the fuming, especially from pundits, has been because they didn't know the rule about it being in the area means it goes to the goalie. In this case the Ref knew better and applied it entirely in the way intended. (All notwithstanding that the Kung Fu leap by the Forest player - whether he caught Konate or not - should have been penalised)
  2. Shearer and the Guardian piece both nod at the explanation of Tierney's decision(s) without clarifying, as their whole position becomes farcical. By the rules, if the ball is in or was last played in the penalty area before the game is stoped, the ball is given uncontested to the defending keeper. He blows a fraction of a second before, and Hudson-Odoi hasn't yet touched it, and there is literally no case to answer. So the fume (and the demand for a PGMOL apology) is predicated entirely on whether or not the game is magically stopped only when the whistle is heard (it isn't, he could have raised his hand, for example), or whether it was at that point when he decided he was going to stop the game for the head injury - which was how he applied the rule, as written, both times. The actual blow of the whistle is to bring his decision to the attention of the players, it's not like we should have snicko or freeze frames to determine the precise millisecond it happened. Jenas's 'everything changes' position is both true and ridiculous of course. 20 minutes earlier he gave a goal kick that should have been a corner to us, so this whole situation would never have arisen in a parallel universe, but I suspect he won't be expecting we should get an apology from PGMOL. Can't believe I'm defending this useless clown show of a bunch of refs, but there you go.
  3. Also our enforcer. Was straight over when Chilwell was being a t*** with Bradley, no-one fancies fronting him up.
  4. Just using his name in the old school 'Valore' chant would be a start (there's probably a twist changing the woah-oh-oh-oh to Ibou-ou-ou-ou, not sure it would catch on).
  5. If the first was the cynical Chilwell foul, there was another player who realised he could carry on being a t*** until he finally stepped over a mark even Kavanagh couldn't miss (although mitigating it by booking Bradley as well, unfairly) - Chilwell should already have been off by that point.
  6. Wow. I think Joelinton got away with 5 and it was virtually unprecedented. And wasn't one of Caicedo's a very deliberate, cynical handball?
  7. TBF, I think that offside rule has been applied before, iirc - last time we met them in the Caraboa Cup final Matip had a goal disallowed because Virgil was offside and James or someone couldn't easily move into a position where he still couldn't affect the goal anyway. So there you have it - only comes out the CC final against us Vs them, like Brigadoon. Sorted, good process lads. Btw, anyone got Caiceidos foul count yesterday, looked to be beating the record Joelinton set earlier this season for uncarded persistence even without the waved away one that got our lad stretchered off.
  8. Endo was stood offside, as is always true of someone, but the implication of that decision is that every goal from a free kick now needs checking for any attacking player being a toe nail offside in case they moved in the general direction of the ball or passed within a metre of a defender, even if they are not the scorer or were even anywhere near them.
  9. Good point. Jurgens brilliance this season has probably been seen in his in-play changes, especially subs in the last 30 minutes - the heightened pressure of extant and potential injuries atm, plus the possibility of a further 30 minutes, make that even harder. Good job he's a f***ing miracle worker.
  10. Don't think we should look so far afield, need to go local.
  11. "So that's what I'm going to do now"
  12. Souness was an assassin, and as a genuine hardman would never take a backward step or be intimidated. Always think Ronnie Whelan was underestimated as a hard man - more so than his higher profile hard reputation partner McMahon. His removal of the dangerous Mark Chamberlain (AOCs dad) from the 92 semi final at Highbury was brutal and thoroughly professional. From olden days, few were harder than Dave McKay - who, iirc, was an idol of the younger Souness. Honourable mention for Johnny Morrissey - nippy little winger, but gave significantly better than he got. One of only 2 names, apparently, left uncrossed in Jack Charlton's little black book of retribution when Jack retired.
  13. The lino was literally stood next to it as well. Felt like he was trolling Klopp into a second yellow it was so egregious.
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