Football fans might not agree on a lot of things, but one thing they do agree on is the fact that referees need to be far more consistent than they currently are.
There are examples of it week in, week out, but when Manchester United took on Newcastle United and Antonio Valencia failed to get a red card for a challenge that looked an awful lot like Sadio Mane’s earlier in the season on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson – that saw him sent off, fans were fuming.
Obviously the Liverpool fans were the ones with the loudest voices on social media, but it was simply not acceptable for many people – and plenty of people reacted with anger and pointed out the officials are not consistent at all.
The point isn’t if it’s a red card or not – for many people, all they want is to see the officials make decisions that are all in line with each other and are regular in terms of players being sent off or cautioned.
That way, players know exactly what to expect when they take to the field, and while most people would admit raising your foot that highly is looking for trouble, according to some officials, it’s fine – and that’s where the inconsistency and issues come in.
Roundhouse Kick pic.twitter.com/9LM0gJmJef
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) February 11, 2018
Sadio Mane got a red card for this challenge.
Antonio Valencia never even got a yellow card for this. pic.twitter.com/AUpYgZvBCA
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) February 11, 2018
Referring standards have never been this worse. Woeful. Antonio Valencia didn’t even get a yellow for his challenge. Mané got a Red for the same challenge. #NEWMUN
— Aditya (@AdityaLFC_) February 11, 2018
— Kloppo Man (@TheRedOpinion) February 11, 2018
still in shock that antonio valencia got away with a scissor tackle in the penalty area
— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) January 31, 2018
Mane got sent off for a similar tackle. When will referees start becoming consistent pic.twitter.com/imRqizytOD
— P™ (@Cechque) February 11, 2018
The level of inconsistent refereeing in the PL is annoying. Sadio Mane got red carded for a simlilar tackle but Valencia with a much more serious one didn’t even get booked
— lackie (@lackiesmalz) February 11, 2018
Just seen the Valencia tackle why the fuck was he not sent off!#mane#consistency
— philip (@philyline) February 11, 2018
Valencia with a head height tackle that looked more dangerous than Mane’s vs Man City. No red card. Only a yellow. #NEWMUN
— Graham Goddard (@graham_goddard) February 11, 2018
@SkySportsPL Mane was sent off for same tackle as Valencia one rule for Man U another for everyone else!!!!
— Bezza (@bezzarine) February 11, 2018
Tell me the difference between Mane’s and Valencia’s tackle. @premierleague referees.
— Dy. (@GerrardDY) February 11, 2018