My youngest plays for a local football team, like many boys his age. (Under 10s) The league is actually spread out over quite a large area, with the game last Sunday having an hour drive to get to. Takes a bit of effort at times, but the last game makes me wonder if its worth the effort.
The game was played against at team currently bottom of the league. They played them earlier in the year and beat them 5-1. The most noteworthy thing was how biased the ref was and some of the very erm.. strange decisions given. (Ever had a penalty given for a back pass before!). Funnily the next game, the opponents manager asked the coach if the ref in that game was a bit dubious.... as they had the same scenario!
Anyway, they had to play them again in a cup game last Sunday. The boys lost the game 3-2, but when you get awarded every decision against you, its difficult to get any other result. Funniliy at one throw in near me, I pointed "yellow ball" since their player tackled and kicked it off. The ref gave it to them. In my frustration I said it loud enough so he could hear "oh come on"... and he proceeded to lecture me that he makes the decisions. Red rag to a bull. I politely suggested he concentrated on getting those decisions correct and to stop cheating.
I know the coach has put in an official complaint about the ref.... who was also coaching as the game was being played.
You can take the odd mistake as being one of those things. I know its not easy to ref a game, though its very easy to cheat.
Is this very common?
What would you do as a parent if your child played for a team that clearly had these "helping hands"
How would you cope from the touchline if your kids were on the receiving end? Could you keep quite.... or run on the pitch and chin the ref?
inb4 "sour grapes"