Vital Football

Latest Stoke City News

Coates in spat over refs

Coates in spat over refs

It seems as though Peter Coates's private criticism of referees has now become public news.

The Stoke chairman, one of the few club bosses not to seek the limelight, has become embroiled in a row with David Ellery, the former referee.

Both sit on the FA Council and it was during one of their recent meetings about the FA's 'Respect' campaign that Peter Coates expressed his dismay with the unfair treatment that often seems apparent when the smaller Premier League clubs play one of the so-called 'top four' clubs.

According to the Daily Mail, who broke the story, it seems the recent Chelsea match at the Brit, when the referee allowed play to go into the 96th minute when Chelsea managed a late goal, was the tipping point for Coates. He apparently went on to say, tongue in cheek, that he felt the referee wouldn't blow the final whistle until Chelsea had scored - certainly his views echo many a Stoke fan's suspicions.

It was also reported that he went on to question why the players from those teams often felt compelled to surround the referee at the merest opportunity, something that was greatly in evidence in the match against Manchester United at the Brit just a week ago, when Rooney seemed to question every possible decision (or lack of one) with Howard Webb.

Ellery seems to have taken these comments as a personal insult and demanded that Coates retract them, but since this was a private council meeting and he was only expressing his views, Peter seems to have rightly refused.

We all know that refereeing is a thankless task and some decisions are always going to be open to question, but until the football hierarchy get to grips with those things that can be easily sorted - such as fixed time periods (as in Rugby League) and the use of goal line technology that would end the 'did it or didn't it' madness that has marred several League matches in recent years - fans will continue to be aggrieved if they think that there is one rule for their club and another for the opposition.



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Saturday October 3 2009
Time: 9:41PM

Comments

0
What's the betting Coates gets a disrepute charge and Fergie doesn't for his pathetic little rant of yesterday? (here's the story in case you missed it - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1218016/Ref-didnt-add-time-wasnt-fit-rants-Sir-Alex.html) One rule for the sky 4, one for everyone else. RESPECT! (Not)
fifthcolumnblue
04/10/2009 17:59:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Stoke City Articles

Shaqiri - No Underestimating Burnley

Xherdan Shaqiri has said that for him Burnley are more than capable of securing their Premier League status this season owing to the quality in their squad, so Stoke...

Hughes - We're Ready For Burnley

Manager Mark Hughes has now held his pre Burnley press conference ahead of this weekend's game and this is what he had to say.

Vital Preview - Premier League, 3rd-5th Dec 2016

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend, which will see us among those involved in this schedule with three points of course the aim.

Match Day Officials v Burnley (3/12/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Burnley this Saturday.

Archived Vital Stoke Articles

Vital Stoke articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Barker
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Stoke City v Burnley
Suggested By:
Stoke win0%
Burnley win100%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 13 10 1 2 31 19
2 Liverpool 13 9 3 1 30 18
3 Man City 13 9 3 1 30 17
4 Arsenal 13 8 4 1 28 15
5 Spurs 13 6 6 1 24 9
6 Man Utd 13 5 5 3 20 3
7 Everton 13 5 4 4 19 1
8 Watford 13 5 3 5 18 -4
9 WBA 13 4 5 4 17 1
10 Southampton 13 4 5 4 17 1
11 Stoke 13 4 4 5 16 -5
12 AFC Bournemouth 13 4 3 6 15 -4
13 Burnley 13 4 2 7 14 -9
14 Leicester City 13 3 4 6 13 -6
15 Middlesbrough 13 2 6 5 12 -3
16 West Ham 13 3 3 7 12 -10
17 Crystal Palace 13 3 2 8 11 -5
18 Hull City 13 3 2 8 11 -17
19 Swansea 13 2 3 8 9 -10
20 Sunderland 13 2 2 9 8 -11
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Stoke City Results (view all)

Stoke City Fixtures (view all)

Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 14 2016 8:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 27 2016 5:15PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
The Vital Football Members League