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Referee Martin Atkinson won Tuesday night’s game for Chelsea, as he awarded foul after foul to the home side. Yet, when Chelsea did worse – his whistle didn’t sound. This is the 3rd time in 3 years that an official has swung the game in The Blues favour, and the 2nd time Atkinson has done it. So, United-Latest.Com tallies-up the ref.’s ‘blunders’…

1.  John Terry Handball, Not Given !

How many times have we seen ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ John Terry get away with blatant fouls ?… Well, just about every game. Tuesday night’s Premier League clash was no different, as the Chelsea skipper clearly hand-balled from Luis Nani’s shot. His arm came out to meet the ball, and as former referee Graham Poll said on Tuesday: ‘Clear Offence !’

2.  David Luiz Stays On The Field ?

He may be Chelsea’s hero, in-part, after scoring a lucky equaliser but David Luiz should have picked-up a second yellow card twice over. His 1st booking came when he flattened Wayne Rooney, but referee Martin Atkinson failed to send him off for  1.) A clear elbow on Chicharito  2.) Tripping Wayne Rooney off-the-ball. Even Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said Luiz was ‘lucky’ to stay on the field – and that says a lot for someone who thinks shooting people is okay (see Ashley Cole incident for reference). How did he stay on the field ?… Only Atkinson knows that.

3.  Chris Smalling – Not A Penalty !

Martin Atkinson didn’t even blow for David Luiz’ foul on Rooney, so why on earth did he award a penalty kick for a lesser offence committed by Chris Smalling ? – Even if the earlier incident hadn’t happened, Yuri Zhirkov was off-his-feet before he even made contact with Smalling – that’s a dive. Also, Smalling was stationary in the box – meaning Zhirkov ran into Smalling. Either way, penalty ? – My backside it is !

4.  Nemanja Vidic – What’s The Difference ?

Nemanja Vidic picked-up a deserved booking for a foul on Michael Essien in the first half, but his alleged foul in the 90th minute on Ramires was again a less offence that David Luiz’ foul on Rooney. Let’s not forget: Atkinson failed to even blow his whistle for Luiz’ challenge, yet Chelsea were awarded a free-kick and United had Vidic sent-off for a Ramires dive. Now that’s consistent refereeing at it’s best, (insert sarcasm here) isn’t it ? 

So, referee Martin Atkinson’s 4 major decisions through the game were in favour of Blue, despite them being suffered by Red in reality. There were many other ridiculous decisions throughout the game, such as Fernando Torres’ two-footed tackle on Paul Scholes with both studs showing and Didier Drogba’s usual diving antics – but they didn’t change the game. Martin Atkinson’s major decisions did. So it begs the question – Why is a referee at all ?

Total Major Decisions: 4
Total Wrong Decisions: 4
Referee Performance Rating: 0/10

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Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:31:50 am

Should be sacked simpleas



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:39:15 am

the referee should be relegated…the law should be the same for the teams at the bottom and the referees. What he’s done before and did again last night gives a bad name to our beautiful game…shame on him. Whatever he does in the future united will win the premiership and maybe the champions league. Hope he will never referee a united game

another shock for me was jamie rednaps comments, use to like the man a lot but last night she did show the true colors, he never mentioned the referee..working for sky he should know better



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:40:26 am

Should be sacked.
Vidic had to go, but it wouldn’t happened had the correct decisions been given.



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:54:03 am

that ref should die for being such a fail hahahaha


Sean 123 Mufc

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:20:40 pm

why are we the must hated team in England . any times CHELSEA had Martian on Sky sports he rowed loud when they nearly scored and then when we had a chance we so slow so true . and yesterday Sky sports news were all they talking about Chelsea all day long ..sick of being hated in ENGLAND … no we have to beat Liverpool how will we win we play outstanding football and yet we still lost the fucking game any time we dont win the second ball we leave in a goal why cant we win the second ball ,,, the Wolves game will come back to haunt us . Martin Atkinson has ref 17 times between us and Chelsea and they have won 16 games out of 17 matches when he ref against us .. please man united beat Liverpool our titles hopes is under treat


Sean 123 Mufc

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:28:43 pm

ROONEY did nothing wrong James the wigan player stuck out his hand in to Rooney first and ROONEY REACTED TO GET HIS HAND of him the ref said the both clashed end of the story mate ….


Sean 123 Mufc

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:50:57 pm

WHY is fergie getting charged over what he said about Roberto Martine he gave out about Rooney and the ref and he has not got Charge why is it one rule for everyone if you were a Man united fan you would understand were we are coming from


Mufc dan

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:51:17 pm

Y is saf facing a charge and the refs not ??? How does that work fa are a easy ov time that shit ref will get off with it and jst think if any off us didn’t do what we are mention 2 do at are jobs we would be punished so y not him sort it FA



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:56:34 pm

Mark my words, SAF will have a lucky escape..



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:58:54 pm



Sean 123 Mufc

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:59:21 pm

the fa are trying to get one over on us after they did not get a chance to ban ROONEY . REF should be demoted to another league . something has to being done sick of Man united having a bad name



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 1:00:50 pm

guys lets for get past and work for the future taht game of liverpool



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 2:12:35 pm

The worst referee ever


Wed, 02 Mar 2011 2:15:44 pm

Well said.



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 3:09:45 pm

guys… I’m as frustrated as any of you! The referee was so shit and ruined a great game but let’s move on. The positive side is we played brilliantly. Probably one of the best this season. The title is ours if we continue this form.




Wed, 02 Mar 2011 3:09:56 pm

He should not even be a referee


Man Utd 4Ever

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 3:27:13 pm

worst ever decision made by ref in the world…that’s why England not voted for hosting World Cup 2018 or 2022 because of the ref worst decision…For you Martin Atkinson,I think you will not be voted for any World Cup match bcoz you are the worst ref ever…..It should not happen to any ref in the world even you are under pressure of home fan….You are such of coward on the field for your own decision…you will be remembered as a worst ref in EPL…I hope FA will take action on this if not,our league is one of the best league in the world how the FIFA can recognize our official is one of the best in the world?Even when we bid to host another World Cup in the future FIFA will look on our official record,I am 100% confident we will lose again because of we has an official like Martin Atkinson…so Martin take your whistle and pls retire….no more time for you any more….


Red Devil

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 4:25:26 pm

i don’t know what you all think but it just seems to me that the fa don’t want man utd to win a 19th tittle that all and as for the ref he was shit


niri B

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 4:55:23 pm

Bad calls happen. We get some and we lose some. It just sucks when we don’t. If Chelski beat us without controversy I’d congratulate them. Offside goals happen, bad officiating happen. Opposing fans used to say we were favored by refs but I think its all relative to the reaction. If Luiz fouled Ronaldo like that, Ronaldo would have made a stink each time. We play like men and refs are influenced by whining like dropba and the rest of chelski. If anything Atkinson should take a look at the replays and issue an apology to the fans. The teams should influence the game not the officiating. Even Webb retrospectively apologized for making a wrong call at the WC final and gained a bit of respect back.


Man u rules

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 5:26:28 pm

That ref was the worst referee ever. Chelsea was lucky that the was unfair cause man u would have thrash them if the ref was fair


Sean 123 Mufc

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 6:06:53 pm

I HAVE herd amazing news and offer has being made for Sanchez from England and a team in Italy but they did not say who . i hoping it is Man united CHELSEA WERE HEAVILY LINKED WITH HIM LAST MONTH



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 7:02:41 pm

I am united fan, and was totally pissed off at some of the decisions, but please remove your rose tinted glasses here mate. Smalling pen was 50/50, you would have wanted a penalty for that if it was the other way round. You would have wanted Terry given a second yellow for consistent fouling. So get a grip.

The messed up Terry’s hand ball and Luiz’s sending off, and the penalty was a soft one, but legal.



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 9:51:54 pm

Chelsea is lucky because Abramoviq have to much money to pay Referee,so martin atkinson fucking bastardo pease off kaka,but im sure he hade a god money for that game,forever United Beki……..



Wed, 02 Mar 2011 10:46:25 pm

i was watching barcelona vs valencia game today which barcelona won playing away reff never seem 2 be under da pressure of home team or crowed he even showed cards 2 home player when they were use 2 never understood why reff in Epl cm under pressure of home team n crowed i noticed it many time dat home team ofet get away with fouls n get penlaty where they should not use 2



Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:06:27 am

Yes he was terrible, but you must not forget the dive from Rooney inside the penalty area, which didn’t get punished even by a free-kick to Chelsea, Rooney then, seconds later, netted the first goal of the match..

We must admit to being (very) lucky at times with the referees decisions this season, and now we were unfortunate, for the first time this season, with the ref. But it could have gone either way, as Atkinson rarely got anything right in the Chelsea-game for Chelsea og United, most of the decisions were wrong.

To say that he should be sacked is very harsh, as he usually is a very decent ref, but not at all in the match at Stamford Bridge.

Hopefully Howard Webb will be the referee at when we meet them (Chelsea) at OT. He’s usually generous with with giving us the 50-50’s.



Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:27:53 am

There’s no excuse for how we played 2nd half full stop. Our passing was atrocious, shooting from midfield was non-existant (as always) for the entire game other than Rooney’s shot!!!
Lets face it:
Fletcher, Carrick, Gibson, Anderson vs.
Lampard, Essien, Ramires, Mikel
Fabregas, Nasri, Arshavin, Denilson
Xavi, Iniesta, Busquests, Mascherano.
Spot the difference!!!???
Our midfield is not good enough and the 2nd half performance proved it!!!



Thu, 03 Mar 2011 1:45:54 am

‘Mark my word’–shut it!! Why have you omitted Scholes? Yes Barca has a better MF, but they are better than any club MF in the world…nothing new here…Lampard and Essien–past their best and Mikel only knows two passes, sideways and back…the jury is still out on Ramirez…If Arsenal’s MF is that much better than United’s than why have we beaten them consistently over the past 4 seasons, with Anderson owing Cesc????? Stop the whining…it’s embarrassing–or are you a Gooner in disguise?–I think you’re a Gooner.



Thu, 03 Mar 2011 7:53:42 am

You left out nani, giggs, scholes, Valencia. They should be our first team instead mark.. Even park too.. Why did you name the weaker midfielders?



Thu, 03 Mar 2011 7:56:16 am

But yes.. We do need 1 more goal scoring/attacking midfielder.. Sanchez or sneijder pls!!



Thu, 03 Mar 2011 8:56:06 am

He’s right about our midfield, Scholes and Giggs are about to retire, these are our future, some future.



Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:27:23 pm

You have to admit United did not play well in the second half but again that does not excuse the referee for such crap decisions. When I saw him coming down the tunnel I thoought “oh no here we go again” and I was not wrong about it. It is not the first time Martin Atkinson has caused us the game and something should be done about it. On our side – our midfield is not as good as it could be and we need to strenghten it in these areas.


Die hard

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 2:19:14 pm

Trust me, united will still win title this season. 19 on the way…..on 22nd may


Martin Atkinson

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 6:03:10 pm

i think i’ll kill myself now



Thu, 03 Mar 2011 6:05:30 pm

The ref was totally wrong and everyone knows that. But people out there who support any team besides united are happy because they all hate united. Chelsea, liverpool, arsenal, everyone. And its happened now so we should forget and think about the future.


John Terry

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 6:17:16 pm

Will everyone please leave Martin Atkinson alone, he is a good man he even lets me shag his wife


stu karma

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 10:57:04 pm

wat a discrace he is death threats will occour on this blue nose tosser


john terry

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 10:58:31 pm

what does his wife look like


frank lampard

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 10:59:26 pm

could she be my new mummy


wayne bridge/karren brady

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:02:09 pm

they are at it again


martin atkinson

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:06:02 pm

you still owe me money romen



Sat, 05 Mar 2011 2:28:20 pm


How can you acuse me of being a gooner when you’ve just said Barca have the best MF in the world!!!???
I was merely highlighting our CM deficiencies!!!
Essien past his best!!?? are you for real!!
Lampard owned Fletcher and Carrick in the second half, and he’s past his best!!??
Scholes got no mention as he’s due to retire. I also didn’t say anything about wings, etc as I think we can take anyone in those other departments!!!
Being a United fan and seeing us get dominated in the CM against Blackpool, West Ham, Chelsea, WBA, Wolves is just embarrasing.
We need a bit of steel and a bit of quality full the stop!!!!

I’m sorry but Rooney’s dominated most games against Arsenal!!! Anderson is a poor mans Fletcher and I’d sell and get someone who can shoot and has a vit of quality!!!


Sat, 05 Mar 2011 3:56:29 pm

Michael Carrick played far better on Tuesday, and Michael Essien is WAY past his best.



Sat, 05 Mar 2011 6:22:27 pm

I hate STUPID refs



Sun, 06 Mar 2011 5:43:53 am

Oh sorry mark, yes u r right Abt CMs.. Not the whole midfield.. We’ve been searching for a CN for quite some time now. Missed out on Hargreaves, that’s y we bidded for carrick. That next season we got Hargreaves, but he’s injury prone 🙁 so it means we still have not gotten our first choice CM target yet..


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