Reporter, visibly shaking with nerves. “So Sir Alex sir, that was quite a game with one major decision sir. What was your take on the penalty decision sir?”.
Manchester’s manager, visibly shaking with rage. “Och, aye well, it was a diabolical decision, young Rio never touched their boy. Everyone in the ground saw that referee fella give a corner and I heard every word the fella had with his linesman”.
Reporter, looking somewhat startled. “You heard every word of the conversation between the referee and the linesman did you sir. How could that be when you were on the other side of the ground sir, nowhere near the incident sir?”.
Manchester’s manger, looking somewhat surprised. “Och lad don’t you know? The FA has allowed us to plant microphones around the edge of the pitch so I can hear everything that goes on. There’s nothing kept secret from me you know”.
Reporter, hopefully. “So Sir Alex sir, you don’t mind if I call you sir, do you sir. Would you share with us what you heard sir?”.
Manchester’s manager, gleefully. “Aye son, aa waal. That referee fella went to his mate and asked, Old Chap, did you see something I didn’t because I could have sworn Mr Ferdinand got to the ball cleanly and didn’t foul that other chap”.
Reporter, hanging on every word. “So what was the linesman’s reply Sir Alex sir”
Manchester’s manager, innocently. It was, “Wye aye ah saw it and it was definitely a penalty man. The dorty bugger cud ha brokken wor Hatem’s leg man”.
Reporter, triumphantly. “Thank you Sir Alex sir, that certainly clears up this latest travesty”.
It’s often said that decisions even themselves out over a season. The mackems went to Old Trafford recently and lost 1-0. There was controversy over a penalty decision they didn’t get which if they had might have earned them a point. That decision went the way of Manchester, this one didn’t, proving that things do even themselves out.
Even if certain people won’t acknowledge it.