Sky Sports pundit goes ballistic over FA treatment of Everton boss Frank Lampard
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Kevin Campbell is aghast at the treatment Everton manager Frank Lampard is receiving from the FA for criticising referees.
The Toffees boss was charged by the governing body after he spoke out against referee Stuart Attwell’s performance in the Merseyside derby (24 April), suggesting Anthony Gordon was not awarded a penalty when Mohamed Salah would have been.
But with the club on the wrong end of various decisions in recent weeks and months, Sky Sports pundit Campbell thinks it’s outrageous that the manager is punished when what he says is true.
“For me it’s crazy. It’s crazy. It’s crazy stuff,” he said speaking exclusively to Goodison News.
“Why can’t you tell it like it is? What can’t you say what you see?
“It’s like you can’t say anything about these referees. Why not?!
“They’re involved in the game too. They’re involved in some of the decisions that go against you that absolutely puts the club in a very difficult situation.
“And you’re just expected to not say anything?
“Again, he’s charged, I just don’t get it. Honestly, I don’t get it.
“Listen, I think Frank’s going to keep saying his piece. I’d keep saying it. I’m not going to be quiet about decisions against us.
“Why should you be?
“So, hey ho. Up again Frank. Well done, speaking the truth.
“It’s one of those things. You take it because you said the truth and you’re telling it like it is, so if they’re going to charge you for that then what chance has anybody got?”
The FA obviously have an interest in upholding faith in the officials, but they would do that a lot better if they held them to account when they make mistakes rather than punishing those who point it out.
It is clearly unreasonable to expect human beings to be completely infallible when officiating a Premier League football match, but by cracking down on dissent in situations where it is justified that is what they are doing.
Lampard likely suffered in this situation because he explicitly stated that Liverpool get decisions that other sides don’t at Anfield, but punishing him for saying that at an emotional point, when plenty who aren’t Reds fans would agree, doesn’t rid the situation of the perception of bias, it just heaps further feelings of injustice on top.
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