Refereeing inconsistency frustrating for Norwich City boss Chris Hughton

Bradley Johnson is left in a crumpled heap by a hard challenge from Vincent Kompany in the move that led to Manchester City's second goal in their 4-3 victory over the Canaries at Carrow Road on December 29. Bradley Johnson is left in a crumpled heap by a hard challenge from Vincent Kompany in the move that led to Manchester City's second goal in their 4-3 victory over the Canaries at Carrow Road on December 29.

Saturday, January 19, 2013
10:00 AM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists refereeing inconsistency is a major source of frustration on the Premier League managerial circuit.

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West Ham’s Sam Allardyce was the latest to hit out at the officials following the Hammers’ 1-0 midweek FA Cup exit at Manchester United. The Reds were awarded a late penalty for an apparent handball offence when a similar incident in United’s box had gone unpunished earlier in the e game.

The FA’s decision to rescind Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany’s red card against Arsenal this week brought the issue even closer to home for Hughton. The Belgian’s robust challenge on Jack Wilshere evoked fresh memories of the sliding tackle Kompany made on City midfielder Bradley Johnson that ultimately led to a goal for the champions in their recent 4-3 Premier League win over Norwich.

“It was the first thing I thought of,” said Hughton. “The decision against us was the wrong decision, absolutely, because of the momentum he carried into the tackle. I felt although he got a fair bit of the ball it should have been deemed as dangerous play. I didn’t see it as a sending off, possibly a booking but I would have been happy with a foul. That is always the frustration as a manager. The unfortunate thing for us managers is straight after games you are going to be asked questions. I listened to Sam the other night after the FA Cup game and when you are asked those questions it is quite obvious why managers speak the way they do because the key moments affect games.

“We had a circumstance at West Ham when a penalty was given against us and as many times as I have seen it since it is not a penalty for me, but that affects the game. Overall, it probably balances itself out but it is something that does frustrate you. I don’t know the way around it because referees don’t have the leeway they used to.”

Hughton believes part of the underlying problem stems from the cultural shift surrounding the art of tackling in the modern era.

“There is a fine line between what is a good challenge and a bookable challenge,” he said. “Just because someone goes in a certain way does not necessarily mean that it is a red or yellow card. I think most of us look back to a time when there was nothing wrong with the good old-fashioned clean challenge, that is not given as anything – or at the very most a foul.

“I think it has become much more difficult for referees, where it seems any sight of a player’s studs is either a booking or ultimately a red card. I don’t think that is always the case. If there is no intent to foul or hurt anybody and it is a clear challenge on the ball then I don’t see anything wrong with it.”

10 comments

  • That`s right, blackdog. Perhaps Hoots now regrets the verbal bon-bons he dispensed to Battenberg when he returned from his "sweeping under the carpet" leave in the match at Soton. Evidence of any wrongdoing by the favourite son of the E.F.A (Elderly F***s Association) conveniently disappeared into the ether. No such luck for Big Sam or the fragrant John Terry. Big Sam has gone up in my estimation! JT couldn`t go any lower.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • FA could it stand for fragrant atmosphere, or perhaps fardling aardvarks, you can add your FA euphamis..ms if you please .if not FA then FO

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Avoiding Clatttenburg for the rest of the season would help.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I agree MBA Marine - was it not Paulo who,as a player, persuaded a referee to reverse a decision awarding a goal, scored by Paulo, who then admitted to having committed an infringement?

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    midnorfolkman

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I also seem to recall that di Canio comes with the unwanted baggage of some rather distasteful politics.

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Allardyce and a few others are right and have spoken their mind only to have a F. A. charge levelled at them but Fergie can Oof and Poof up the touchline at the ref. and any officials with disdain with nothing said or done, it is definitely one law for one and another for all the others. Does anyone know what F. A. stands for? MMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • that's easy blackdog, it's Fergies Allies.

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    goldeneadie

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Quite right, MBA. Along with his passion for the unconventional he also is a fantastic and kind man, who always showed great sportsmanship on the field and has great passion for the game. He sounds great to work for as he seems genuinely grateful for any work you do to help his ambitions and is happy to reward you for doing so.

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    Billy

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Odd really, that somebody with "distasteful politics" can be so altruistic. It`s all about labels. Clattenburg was recently cleared of similar. I wonder why?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Nothing to do with this story. Paulo di Canio is doing a fantastic job of raising his profile and hats off to him as he gets my admiration. First he is offering to pay wages himself to keep the players he feels he needs, Now he is helping to clear the snow off Swindon's pitch and buying Pizza for the volunteers that helped. A Manager most fans would love to have.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

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