Soapbox Suzy: Refs, stop hogging the headlines!

Poor officiating in the spotlight, yet again, and it doesn't bode well

Muñiz Fernández earns himself another  15 minutes of infamy  (AS)

Muñiz Fernández earns himself another
15 minutes of infamy

With our resident-ranter Susanne off jet-setting to warmer climes, I return for my sophomore post in her stead. Safe travels, Suzy!

We are on the eve of another Derbi Madrileño, and, correct me if I’m wrong, this may be the first time in quite a while that the cybersphere isn’t congested with the typical Blanco trash-talking ’til the cows come home.

But I’m not so convinced that that’s a good thing, to be honest.

Rather than the usual chuckle I have to myself at some supercilious comment or another, headlines this morning only disconcerted me.

And here’s why…

Newly-promoted Liga minnows Elche had the… erm, pleasure, of playing our next opponents on Wednesday evening, and despite all the big-name stars on our city rival’s roster, the name on everyone’s fingertips was: César Muñiz Fernández.

He officiated the match, a bout that had #RoboAlElche trending before the night was done.

A controversial call — to put it mildly — resulted in a 96th-minute penalty for Los Vikingos (a particularly apt moniker on this occasion), which Crissy converted for 1-2, thereby robbing the little guys of a much-deserved point.

Being an Atleti supporter, of course, I, and presumably all of you, are used to this kind of debacle. How many times has it happened to us, when, like Elche, our men were ballsy enough to dare to wrest a result from one of the behemoths?

I can think of a few.

Perea’s disallowed derby goal. Phantom fouls and the horrendous officiating in what seems to be every match versus Barcelona.


I don’t use that word out of respect, mind you. But what else can they be if, with not only money on their side, they have clout with the refs, too?

How is it that, in 2013, the sub-par officiating in Spain hasn’t been addressed? Don’t tell me this is football. Football is football, and football includes properly trained, competent referees. They don’t have to get it right 100% of the time, but they can’t be allowed to get it so wrong, so often. Especially when it only serves to keep behemoths at the top.

All day, the only thought running through my mind was, ‘Please, please don’t let that happen to us’. There is nothing more heart-breaking than knowing you deserve better, that you earned it, but were denied anyway.

So bring back the Juankers, please. I prefer to deal with that kind of BS off the pitch than on it.

  • starvs

    Just makes a true mockery of the league, it’s really appallingly bad. But it’s reflective of the shit management of La Liga as a whole.

  • kris

    It’s not even funny anymore.. Game after game, these so called “TOP TWO” teams are always robbing points from their opponents with the help of the referees. I understand referees are humans, but mistakes aren’t made every match they officiate for Barca and Los Blancos. This is more than just officiating errors, but the RFEF, (which is by far the most corrupt footballing group after FIFA and UEFA) aren’t even giving a single F#CK about it. Karma is a biatch, and it will come and haunt all of these people involved in these controversies.. Just ridiculous, sad, and pathetic! Such a shame..

  • farhan

    we have to defeat real and barca .. to end all this shit ….
    and i think they are the TOP TWO
    shame on them,that the have to do all this to win a match…
    spend millions and unable to win a match …
    hope we defeat real with a good diffrnce….

  • Robel

    No, don’t bring back the Juankers, or at least not *the* Juanker. I’m still not over that.

  • Kabir

    our league is made fun of week in week out. there needs to be a change in this absolute absurd, insustainable tv revenue situation, an overhaul of shitty refs, and schedules that dont fuck over little teams.

  • GreekRojiblanco(piserakos)

    well many of you those crazy things (bad referees, unfair money sharring) sounds strange… the truth is that i’m used to them as a Greek… it’s too sad and almost never a not-loving team from the federations win something… Atleti always was the only team who could do this in Spain we were the black-ship but we were fighting… now with cho-lo our dreams come true and we the revenge has started… hope tomorrow we will start the streak against those noobs neighboors

  • Ursa Major

    You can’t expect a ref to see all those kind of things.
    It’s all on Pepe (that sneaky bastard…), and he should have been booked, naturally, but if it had been the other way around we would, all of us, have been delighted by this foolish call.

    I think all of our players will be fired up for the derby and that it will be a very close race! (and hopefully I will never learn the ref’s name!)

  • Adnan khan

    I didnt watch the whole game, but can someone explain why the match between elche and real was played 5-6 minutes extra when it should only have been played 3 minute extra?

  • piserakos

    adnan….. no reason