Michael Oliver to ref Liverpool v City - City lodge complaint

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I think Oliver is a fairly decent referee; just not where City are concerned. The last few times I've witnessed him ref us it's pretty much textbook bent reffing. He gets in the way of our passing, blocks our runners, pulls up play when he should be playing advantage, gives fouls against us for things the opposition get away with, books our players for the first challenge when their players foul with impunity amongst other things. This has the added effect of winding our players up and causing frustration, which often boils over like it did against Chelsea when both Aguero and Fern got sent off.

The thing with bent reffing is they don't have to do it for 90 minutes; just enough to get a reaction from our players. With the more effective cheats it is often difficult to spot unless you really watch for it. And let's face it, most people are watching the players.
For the last couple of seasons I've kept part of one eye on these cheating bastards, and in that time I have arrived at one conclusion - they are cheating bastards. About the only one who could have fucked us over and didn't was Kevin Friend in the Cup Final. He could, as a fair number of cheating bastards would have done, given Watford two pens and disallowed David Silva's goal for the contact on the Watford defender prior to thumping the ball home. And there were other incidents in that game where I have seen refs in other games call a halt to play and award a fictitious free kick - we suffered a few in the semi v Brighton - or ignore a blatant foul on one of ours.
 

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I don't need statistics and foul counts to know Oliver is as bent as a 5 Bob note, I've seen him fuck us over with my own eyes .....! The man is a fuckin disgrace and needs to stay clear of us forever .....!!
I used to think he was a shit bag but I agree he’s bent!
 

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I don't need statistics and foul counts to know Oliver is as bent as a 5 Bob note, I've seen him fuck us over with my own eyes .....! The man is a fuckin disgrace and needs to stay clear of us forever .....!!
As soon as she heard that Oliver was going to ref that match my friend sent me a message "Your favourite cheat is refereeing our away game at Liverpool". I have said for the past two seasons whenever I hear Oliver or Friend is refereeing our match we have to be extra careful................ must admit I was surprised at Friend at Wembley though. (Which didn't do my cred rating with my Canadian granddaughters any good as I'd told them we would be cheated & we weren't!!!) :-) :-)
 

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Probably!

To be fair though, I'd not expect the club to go public with this at all - all it does is entrench opinion. I don't know how it came to be public in the first place, and it is possible that it primarily focusses on the VAR side of things, and the Oliver involvement is not the main thrust.
2 seperate complaints,one on oliver and one on var
 

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2 seperate complaints,one on oliver and one on var
Ta.
I don't see it being terribly newsworthy that VAR is a bone of contention with City.
I think it's more surprising that it's come out that a complaint about Oliver specifically has become known about. I wonder how that came out - did the club announce it, or someone else?
 

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Ta.
I don't see it being terribly newsworthy that VAR is a bone of contention with City.
I think it's more surprising that it's come out that a complaint about Oliver specifically has become known about. I wonder how that came out - did the club announce it, or someone else?
The club don't announce as such but it was given to the media i expect,mind you keeping secrets in football is nigh on impossible
 

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