12 September 2016
The premier league refs want to be celebrities just as much as the players. So often make themselves the centre of attention. This I believe is not really up for debate.
Equally, I take this view... Referees are people who get caught up in the emotion and media hype just like everyone else. So yes, I agree that there was very much a subconscious 'willing' on the part of referees to see Leicester win the league. It was such a fairytale. A story of David and Goliath. One that caught the attention and imagination of millions around the world. I imagine it also made a lot of money for the league and the news media reporting on it and providing coverage.
Also, I imagine that referees probably get a lot of stick and abuse from fans when they see them in the street. Here's where it gets contentious... As there are 50 times the number of Arse nal fans than Saints (probably even more), said referee is more likely to encounter these fans than Saints fans. So to avoid getting spat at down Tesco, it's probably in his better interests to leave them with a favourable outcome than us. The best example of this is Man Utd and Liverpool because their plastic fans are fucking everywhere and not just regionally placed in the north west.
A wild theory you might say but I honestly believe there's an element of truth in it. Until we have robot refs we will have bias in some way shape or form.
All you need to look at is the corruption in FIFA! I can't prove it but I don't believe for a second that the premier league isn't bent and big clubs influence the allocation of favourable refs, backhanders etc etc.
I think anyone would be naive to think it is pure. It may well be low level stuff at times but I bet it is there. If the world governing body can be riddled with it... In life in general, where there's money to be made there exists corruption. Companies 'buy people' on the golf course to win contracts in my industry so imagine what it's like when there is billions at stake in football! Oh well.