Date: 2nd April 2010 at 10:22am
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We all know now that Rovers midfielder, Martin Olsson took a dive in order to hoodwink the referee and earn a penalty in the recent derby game against Blackburn Rovers at Turf Moor.

Jensen who made no contact whatsoever was alledged to have brought down Olsson with referee, Mike Dean then awarding a penalty

That penalty, taken by David Dunn was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Rovers.

Olsson was so blase about it, he even admitted his sin afterwards saying:

‘I thought that I was going to get a yellow card. I saw that he (Jensen) stuck his foot out, but I might have overacted a little. When the referee blew I thought he was going to give me a yellow card, but it’s up to the referee in that situation.’

Clarets fans were of course insensed and Brian Laws was certainly not impressed either.

‘I think there are two points here – one is the referee will be disappointed what managers and players think of him and secondly a player coming out and admitting the fact that he took a dive is another disappointing one,’ Laws told Sky Sports News.

‘I am not surprised if clubs target referees, they do enough due diligence on players so they will do it on referees and if they feel a referee gives more penalties than most then that’s what maybe they will look at,’ added Laws.

‘It is a sad state if that’s the case.

‘We certainly don’t approach games like that and I am disappointed to actually hear it.

‘I am sure the referee and the association is disappointed to hear things like that.

‘Maybe they will have to look at it in a different light, but certainly from our point of view we are more disappointed we lost the game over it.’

Well words of protest are one thing but does anything ever happen in this wonderful corrupt and unfair league we call Premier?

He certainly seems to have escaped any FA censure.

Oh well at least Sam Allardyce has some morals and has taken action.

The Rovers boss has now reprimanded his midfielder claiming the incident to be damaging to Blackburn’s reputation

Allardyce speaking to the Daily Mail said:

‘We have talked to Martin about both issues.It is something that has been dealt with internally and we move on. From our point of view you look at the situation and we coach our players to play football, we don`t coach them to dive’

I guess that will be that and we will just return to the same old,same old of diving,cheating players trying to con the referee until somebody has the guts to come down stronger and punish both offending players and clubs.They are so scared of punishment it seems (not) they will even admit to cheating!

What makes the situation worse is that a referee who clearly ‘did not know what he was doing’ and made many errors in the derby game capped by the terrible penalty decision should next minute be rewarded with a high-profile game between Manchester United and Chelsea on Saturday.

Brian Laws also seems livid about that making the point that despite his atrocious refereeing ‘He has been rewarded with this magnificent game.`

Premiership? You are Having a Laff!!


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