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Date: Tue Apr 13 06:45:18 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. We woz robbed!!!  Personal Report by OUR SALFOED LASS
2. Sick as Blackpool Mick  Personal report by RED KELLY
3. Manchester United Reserves + Junior Teams Pontins/FA Premier Academy U-17/U-19
4. That decision yesterday - Elleray explains
6. FA Cup replay on Canadian telly
7. Referees are once again in the spotlight
8. Manchester United say there are no plans for change
9. FULL "uncut" 365 emails on REDS Semi


Daily RED Trivia  Tues 12th April 1999:

13/4/1898: George Haslam born in Turton, Lancashire. Haslam joined United from Darwen
 and made his debut against Birmingham in February 1922. A formidable Centre-half,
 he made 27 appearances between 1922-27, and for a fee of £2,500 moved to Portsmouth
 in November 1927. 

13/4/1994: Goals from Denis Irwin, Andrei Kanchelskis, Ryan Giggs and Bryan Robson
 help United beat Oldham Athletic 4-1 in the FA Cup Semi-Final replay at Maine
 Road watched by 32,311. Team was: Schmeichel, Parker, Irwin, Bruce, Kanchelskis,
 Pallister, Robson, Ince, Keane (McClair), Hughes (Sharpe), Giggs.


 D-Day and all that  from: andy walsh 

This is just a short note, but none the less heartfelt for its brevity, to
congratulate everyone of you who may have written a letter, sent an email
or simply had a discussion with other fans, about the Sky bid.

Stephen Byers gave an interview to the Sunday Telegraph in which it is
stated that he was overwhelmed by the number of letters and faxes he
received. It is still unclear how things will pan out over the next few
months but one thing is for sure United fans the world over united to stop
the most powerful business man on the planet and that should make you all
feel very, very proud, I just wish I could personally shake you all by the

Proud and priviliged to be Red

Andy Walsh

PS If you have not joined IMUSA yet do so now by using the form on our web
site at www.imusa.org there is still yet more to do!


Barry Daily Comment:

We need Bryan's help tomorrow Wed 14th:
 Middlesbrough  v  Chelsea (Chelsea go TOP if they win)
UNITED will have one game in hand of course!
Reserves v leicester OT tonight. Result will be in the Daily News tomorrow
If you would like ALL the final fixtures for
UNITED/Arse/Chelsea then go to http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm


Previous News:
BSKYB Takeover news/pics at http://www.red11.org/mufc/bskyb.htm
 Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:3

Next Games:
Tomorrow! FAC Semi REPLAY Arsenal at Villa Park  20.00 UK Live Sky Sports Uk
17 Sheff Wed (H) 15.00 PL
21 European Cup Semi Juventus (A) 19.45 CL
25 Leeds (A)  11.30 {am} UK PL Live Sky Sports UK 

UNITED Stats v All teams:


        Leeds United   0-0   Liverpool             39,451

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 12/04/99 ***
Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    31  18  10   3  69  32   37   64
 2  Arsenal              32  17  12   3  43  13   30   63
 3  Chelsea              31  17  11   3  47  24   23   62
 4  Leeds United         32  16  10   6  52  28   24   58
 5  Aston Villa          33  13  10  10  44  39    5   49
 6  West Ham United      33  13   9  11  34  40   -6   48
 7  Derby County         32  12  11   9  36  36    0   47
 8  Middlesbrough        32  11  13   8  44  41    3   46
 9  Liverpool            31  12   8  11  57  41   16   44
10  Newcastle United     32  11   9  12  43  45   -2   42
11  Wimbledon            33  10  11  12  37  50  -13   41
12  Tottenham Hotspur    31   9  13   9  35  37   -2   40
13  Leicester City       31   9  12  10  32  39   -7   39
14  Sheffield Wednesday  32  11   5  16  38  36    2   38
15  Coventry City        33  10   7  16  34  45  -11   37
16  Everton              33   8  10  15  28  40  -12   34
17  Charlton Athletic    32   7  10  15  34  43   -9   31
18  Blackburn Rovers     32   7  10  15  32  43  -11   31
19  Southampton          33   8   6  19  28  60  -32   30
20  Nottingham Forest    33   4   9  20  30  65  -35   21

*** FIXTURES ON 14/04/99 ***
       Middlesbrough  v  Chelsea (Chelsea go TOP if they win)

*** FIXTURES ON 17/04/99 ***
   Charlton Athletic  v  Leeds United
       Coventry City  v  Middlesbrough
           Liverpool  v  Aston Villa
   Manchester United  v  Sheffield Wednesday
    Newcastle United  v  Everton
   Nottingham Forest  v  Tottenham Hotspur
         Southampton  v  Blackburn Rovers
     West Ham United  v  Derby County

*** FIXTURES ON 18/04/99 ***
             Chelsea  v  Leicester City


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds United             Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlesbrough            Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Nottingham Forest        Home     W  3-0     3    55,216
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180
16/01/99    Leicester City           Away     W  6-2     2    22,091
31/01/99    Charlton Athletic        Away     W  1-0     1    20,043
03/02/99    Derby County             Home     W  1-0     1    55,174
06/02/99    Nottingham Forest        Away     W  8-1     1    30,025
17/02/99    Arsenal                  Home     D  1-1     1    55,171
20/02/99    Coventry City            Away     W  1-0     1    22,596
27/02/99    Southampton              Home     W  2-1     1    55,316
13/03/99    Newcastle United         Away     W  2-1     1    36,500
21/03/99    Everton                  Home     W  3-1     1    55,182
03/04/99    Wimbledon                Away     D  1-1     1    26,121


       P   Won       Drawn     Lost      For        Against    Points
Home   16  11 (69%)  4 (25%)   1 (6%)    38 (2.4)   16 (1.0)   37 (2.3)
Away   14  7 (50%)   5 (36%)   2 (14%)   30 (2.1)   15 (1.1)   26 (1.9)

Total  30  18 (60%)  9 (30%)   3 (10%)   68 (2.3)   31 (1.0)   63 (2.1)

                                         Averages per game in (brackets)


HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 27/02/99 - Southampton (55,316)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  15/08/98 - Leicester City (55,052)
BEST WIN:                06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT:         20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)
BEST HOME WIN:           17/10/98 - Wimbledon (5-1)
HEAVIEST HOME DEFEAT:    19/12/98 - Middlesbrough (2-3)
BEST AWAY WIN:           06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:    20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd  2 v 0  Inter Milan
 Real Madrid     1 v 1  Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus        2 v 1  Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich   2 v 0  Kaiserslautern

**DYNAMO KIEV      2 v 0  REAL MADRID         (Agg:3-1)
OLYMPIAKOS         1 v 1  **JUVENTUS          (Agg:2-3)

Semi Final 2nd legs to be played  21st April
Manchester United v Juventus  [1-1]
Bayern Munchen v Dynamo Kiev  [3-3]


Peter will play a big part in the last 10/11 games!

Subject: We woz robbed!!! Personal Report by OUR SALFOED LASS There are times when I regret moving out into the hills. They don't pop up very often - I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, and I usually manage to cope with the few drawbacks it brings. But getting to Altrincham for 8.30am on a Sunday morning when you don't have a car is a an absolute nightmare! Bus and train services to our semi-rural little town are pretty appalling most of the time, but on Sundays they are even worse than normal and before 9am - no chance!! It's hard to believe sometimes that I only live 15 miles from the centre of Manchester, it feels more like 50! But there was one possibility - there is a bus that goes from Buxton to Manchester Airport very early in the morning, so I checked on times, made sure the 192 into Manchester was running early enough from Stockport, sorted myself out a lift from Manchester city centre and all was organised! Unfortunately, the airport bus left at 6.30am, so at 5.30am I was dragging myself out of bed and wishing I was living in Timperley! And the reason for all this fuss? The playing of the other semi-final at Old Trafford, meant that the coaches couldn't return there, so we all got shifted to the back of Alty station. Of course, after worrying for days about whether I was going to make it on time, I arrived at 8.10am, for a coach that didn't leave until 9am! After walking down the road for a paper, buying some coffee from McDonalds (the only places open in Altrincham at that time of the morning) and braving the disgusting inner reaches of the ladies's toilets in Altrincham bus station, we finally got underway on Coach No 10. I like going to semi-finals. The motorway full of coaches and cars, all heading down from Manchester to Birmingham, it really feels special. Mind you, yesterday felt pretty special anyway. As regular readers will know, I've been feeling pretty bleak about the future recently. Then, on Friday afternoon came the announcement that the Murdoch deal had been blocked. It was like a black cloud was lifted in an instant. It might only be a tiny victory in the bigger scheme of things to some, but for me, it means so much. It means that ordinary fans, if they get together, can make a difference, even against the rich and mighty! Perhaps Manchester United PLC are not beyond the pale after all? So it was, that as we drove down the M6 in the sunshine, I had a lighter heart than I had had in months. My good mood was sorely tested when we arrived at the turn-off for Villa Park. As usual, it took us longer to get the couple of miles from the motorway to the ground than it had to get the 90 miles from Altrincham to Birmingham! But eventually we arrived, finished off our butties and headed off to find our seats. I was a bit worried at first. We had been given tickets in the lower part of the main stand. We'd never been in there before, we'd always been in the Holte End or in the North Stand (the usual away end). I didn't particularly want to spend the game anywhere near the "good" seats - I'd much rather be in the cheap seats where the atmosphere is almost always better. I needn't have worried though, once we'd got in we found ourselves in the corner, close to the Holte End. This had three advantages. Firstly, we were close to the Arsenal fans and could see the whites of their eyes. Secondly, we were close to our own little band of intrepid Reds marooned in the Holte End and thirdly, I can always see both goals from one of the corners, when everyone stands up! Whilst we waited for the game to start and marvelled at how much better the facilities are in this part of the ground than at either of the ends, the son-and-heir sent messages to Pat (who was watching the game in a pub, somewhere in Derbyshire) designed to make him jealous that he wasn't there with us. He finally stopped on receipt of a message from Pat which simply stated: "You're sacked!". Half-an-hour before the game started, the Arsenal fans were all present and correct and the United fans were all still in the pub! Now I wouldn't want to spoil anyone's fun, but for a big game like this it would be nice to see the United fans in the ground and chanting - perhaps even wearing colours, even though this might seriously affect the style rating of some of our younger fans! Having said all that, you can go too far and the Arsenal fans certainly did yesterday! I used to respect Arsenal fans to some degree. After all, like us, they have a proud history. But at the game yesterday, they were behaving like some tin-pot little club who had never got past the first round of the FA Cup before. Someone had given them all yellow balloons (Arsenal were playing in their away strip) and there they were, to a (wo)man, dressed in their yellow replica tops, jumping up and down with their balloons, and singing their "one song". The woman next to me was spot-on when she said "What a bunch of sad bastards". And someone should shoot the bloody DJ! Just who's idea was it to play "We are the Champions"? It gave the sad gooners the perfect opportunity to stand up with their balloons, all 18000 of them, and laud it over us because they have won the league once in the nineties! The rest of the pre-match warm-up was spent looking for familiar faces in the Holte End - I'm sure I saw Mick cowering under his seat in case one of those nasty yellow balloons hit him on the head! The arrival of the team on the pitch brought complaints from the son-and-heir when he realised that Nicky Butt was playing in place of Paul Scholes. Of course he had to then eat his words as Nicky rapidly established himself as one of the best players on the pitch! Like all United/Arsenal games, this one was not a game for softies. The tackles were coming in thick and fast and Nicky was soon putting himself about a bit in the centre of midfield. I really hate Arsenal players - they kick, gouge, pull, cheat and then fall over and start acting like Italians when anyone so much as breathes on them. But most especially I hate Vierra and Dixon. Particularly when Dixon smashes Denis Irwin with his arm, gets away with it and then gets Denis booked for kicking the ball away! Just as an aside - it can't be right that you can get a yellow card for kicking the ball away or giving cheek to the ref and get exactly the same punishment for nearly breaking someone's leg! Hopefully, Dennis will be recovered before we go to Italy. I won't go into details about the game, mainly because I can't remember them and I'll get everything in the wrong order! Suffice to say that we more than contained them in the first half, in fact it was us who had all the chances and we should have been 3-0 up at half-time, including the perfectly legitimate goal that got ruled "off-side". Half-time was spent chatting to Richard about his drinking exploits which began at 8.30am and trying to catch the attention of the Sausage Man! Whilst scanning the Holte End again, we couldn't miss the jacket and the quirky tilt of the cap as he made obscene gestures to the Arsenal hoards only feet away from him (not as brave as it sounds, there were coppers and stewards between him and them!) He then proceeded to scan our section of the ground and we jumped up and down, waved, danced, shouted - all to no avail, he ignored us completely. The son-and-heir was about to do a streak across the pitch to get his attention, when (luckily for everyone else in the ground) the players came out for the second half. The second half was a repeat of the first. Lots of chances, lots of dirty tricks, lots of frustration. For the last 10 minutes, we bombarded their goal but nothing would go in. The final whistle blew and we got ready to leave, frustrated and disappointed. We were then informed there was extra time! I wish I'd known that when I was getting all frustrated a few minutes earlier! So we settled down for another 30 minutes of agony. To start with, I was sure it was just a matter of time before we scored - Arsenal were out of it and we were playing better than I had seen us play against them in years. When Vivas was sent off I was sure that we had it sorted and waited for the goal. And waited, and waited, and waited!! With a few minutes to go, we were still waiting and it was frustration time again. They had all ten men behind the ball, their defenders looked about to expire with exhaustion but we just couldn't get the ball in the net. It looked a bit more hopeful when Scholes came on for Giggs, but it was too late. By now, the Arsenal fans were behaving like they had the game won and were singing Wembley songs. Having exhausted themselves before the game started, they had been very quiet during the game itself, just occasionally singing their "one song" whilst we went through the United songbook. But in the last 10 minutes, they found their second wind and it was yellow balloons and celebrations in the Arsenal "end". Perhaps someone ought to explain to them the difference between a win and a draw? The DJ didn't help, of course, when he decided to play "We are the champions" after the game finished - we left the stadium to the sight of gooners standing with their balloons aloft, singing "our" song!!! When we got back on the coach, the son-and-heir sent a simple message to Pat - I believe he forwarded it to the list - the message just said "Bollocks!!!" So it was a very, very frustrating afternoon. We should have won, indeed we did win, but we have to go back and do it all again on Wednesday night. Apart from Giggs who had an awful game, most of the players played well but my man-of-match is Nicky Butt. He played like a man possessed and was better than I have seen him in yonks. Of all the others, difficult to single out any one player really, although Schmikes again kept us in it with a couple of excellent saves and Stam was (again) perfection. I don't share the pessimistic view of many that we will get beaten on Wed night, I think we'll finish off the job we started yesterday, and stuff their balloons and Wembley songs up their arses, but we could have done without this extra game at this time of the season. Certainly, we had plenty of time to reflect as we sat for an hour in the bus park and then another hour in a traffic jam, trying to cover the couple of miles to the motorway. Listening to the bar codes winning the game at Old Trafford makes it more imperative that we get through - one memory that is sure to make me smile no matter how miserable I am, is of the Charity Shield stuffing of the Geordies - we just have to get there, so we can do it again! I can't afford to go on Wednesday night so to those of you that are going - sing your hearts out for the lads and think about writing a match report for us. Copyright OUR SALFORD LASS, 1999 All rights reserved
Peter will play a big part in the last 10/11 games!

Subject: Sick as Blackpool Mick Personal report by RED KELLY We were all up for this one especially after the recent news, so we set off early in search of the designated pub. On arrival all we saw were a few familiar faces on their way out of the pub marching down the road in search of another. The local constabulary had slapped a no drinking ban on the surrounding areas of Villa Park, but some were intent on defying it. The first pub had been raided and the roads were littered with wandering supporters and police vans. We drove down to another pub and parked up in an area where you wouldn't normally chose to leave your car. Directly opposite was a breaker's yard which to my way of thinking seemed rather ominous, but it wasn't my car!! Good job this wasn't scouseland I thought or we'd be catching the train home. We were immediately confronted by the police who actually did nothing more than prevent anyone from entering the pub itself. Not that there was any sign of life within but we knew, along with others, that access could be gained through the gates at the side. By this time many who had been ejected from the first pub had arrived and it was suggested by the landlord who was blatantly stood outside, that we hide around the corner until the police had got fed up waiting and gone. This we did while the landlord stayed outside in constant communication with his second in command inside the pub by mobile telephone. How did any subversion ever take place before the mobile telephone I wonder. It was hardly a place to be hanging around, but there were safety in numbers and the company we were keeping was of a nature that no-one would go near under normal circumstances. So there we stood quietly waiting until one of the group's number decided to take a swig from a Vodka bottle and almost instantaneously threw up the entire contents of his extra large stomach. He then threw up the contents of his second stomach and then his third and on until all his five bellies were completely devoid of content. It was an unsavoury sight on a sunny Sunday morning, but apparently this was fairly normal service from this particular individual. He recovered remarkably quickly and said he thought a scotch would be a better idea as it would settle him down. Thankfully at that very moment we received a wave from the pub and everyone ran inside. The whole place was full of very similar characters to the one just described, but the atmosphere was friendly and the two sets of supporters mixed without any trouble. Every now and then we would hear that the police had returned but the curtains were drawn and there was no way they would know we were inside as long as we kept quiet while they were outside listening at the front windows! The whole thing was caught on video with the police on tape listening in at the windows!! It was a bizarre situation but we even managed to get a few more mates in and enjoyed a couple of pints. As we left to go to the ground the police had reappeared, but by this time the curfew had elapsed and they could do no more about it. Outside Villa Park the mood was one of celebration. I was down at the usual away end along with the majority of United supporters and the atmosphere was excellent. The Arse were obviously going to be wearing their changed strip because there followers all looked like buttercups and held aloft a multitude of yellow cards and matching yellow balloons. They looked awfully sweet in a profusion of yellow and as soon as the teams appeared they all let go of their balloons and waved their cards at their heroes. It was lovely, like a childrens birthday party - I half expected the players to come out wearing Ronald Macbloody Donald costumes. In fact they just acted like clowns instead of looking like them. I'd found my own seat by this time but as there was no-one around I recognised, I made my way down to another area where there were some that I did know and stood by them. It meant I was standing half in half out of an aisle all game but I got into some decent banter with the local steward who protected me from the over zealous men in red coats who were throwing their weight around at odd times during the game. Before the game started we observed an impeccable minutes silence in memory of the Hillsborough victims, apart from the odd mobile phone of course - a sound which regularly punctuates a solemn silence. We were standing all through and so it seemed were the rest of the United support, in contrast to the Arse who were seated all through. Don't know what this says about us apart from the fact that we've always flown in the face of authority - we are the Red Devils after all. Right from the kick-off the end-to-end action started. I thought United played well and dominated for long periods which isn't usually the way against the Arse. We were attacking the Holte End in the first half so Peter was in front of us but he really didn't have that much to do. The midfield was tight with Nicky Butt adding some extra bite and playing the best game I've seen him play for a long long time. He is still one of the best tackling midfielders in the country for me. We eventually got the breakthrough on 35 minutes when Giggsy took the ball and passed it round the fullback, collected it almost on the line and crossed it into the box. We saw the linesman's flag go up as I think it was Yorke who was running back from an offside position. Then it went down again, but then up again by the time the ball was centred and slammed into the net by Keano. However we hadn't seen the flag reappear because we were too busy going mad. Our wild celebrations were interrupted by a call of "there's a flag up". "What do you mean a bloody flag," "You know where he can stick his bloody flag," and so on. Everyone stopped dead and looked over towards the linesman and Elleray who were deep in conversation. Then Elleray emerged and pointed for a goal kick. The Arse fans went wild and we stood there in disbelief. If the linesman had seen someone offside and kept his flag raised throughout I could just about take the decision, but he put his flag down and then raised it again. Why? How did he justify his reasoning to Elleray. How did Elleray accept his reasoning? He couldn't possibly have justified anything because the goal should have stood, you cannot be offside when playing the ball to yourself. It would make a mockery of football if you could because no-one would ever score after touching the ball more than once. From that moment until the end of the first half there was chaos. Elleray had lost it. Whatever he had in the first place had gone. Thankfully the half ended in a mere few minutes and gave everyone the chance to take a break. The talk was of nothing else but that 'goal' and even the Villa stewards were incredulous as to why it had been disallowed. I went on a wander to calm down and met up with a few others with everyone having a whinge. I knew what I felt like doing, but had to be content with being part of the crescendo of boos Elleray received as he'd left the pitch. The second half started with the Arse in the ascendancy but United soon took control and continued to pile forward. Problem was when it came to the crunch we seemed sadly lacking in finishing power, we just couldn't get the ball in the net again. In fact they nearly snatched it at the very end - if it hadn't been for another fine save by the great Dane, Ljungberg would have been the Arse hero last night. The atmosphere was far better than Wednesday night though, with a particular rendition of the calypso the high point. It started at our end and spread around the side to our left and reached the other end with everyone on their feet, hands in the air. The noise was deafening, a truly superb sight. A mass of pulsating sound which put the small time Gooners to shame with their pathetic one song, along with the occasional, and now obligatory "stand up if you hate Man U". Big club your arse! During the second half and extra time my steward mate managed to lose his house, his garage and his next door neighbour's cat. He bet on each and every free kick on the edge of the box in front of us - good job I didn't take him up on the bets, but why would I want to live in Birmingham, I live close enough to it as it is!! So the game ended as it began, goalless, or that's what the records will show, although we know different don't we. The Arse fans were pleased with the result and we weren't - we were as sick as Blackpool Mick - metaphorically speaking. As an afterthought - if the Arse were willing to replay the game against Sheffield United after Kanu had scored THAT goal then surely they should just give yesterday's game to us shouldn't they? As far as I can tell we actually won it fair and square didn't we? Copyright RED KELLY 1999
Peter will play a big part in the last 10/11 games!

Subject: Manchester United Reserves + Junior Teams Pontins/FA Premier Academy U-17/U-19 Updated 12/04/99 by Paul Hinson Match Report from OUR SALFORD LASS: MUFC Reserves v Everton OT Sat 27th March http://www.red11.org/mufc/9899/resmatfeveh.txt 1997-98 1998-99 AUGUST Thu 20 SUNDERLAND (H) - 0-0 SEPTEMBER Wed 2 ASTON VILLA (H) 1-0 4-0 (Wilson 2, Jaszczun og, Greening) Sat 5 Everton (A) 2-3 2-0 (Cruyff, Greening) Thu 17 BIRMINGHAM CITY (H) 2-0 3-2 (Sheringham 2, Cruyff) Fri 25 Liverpool (A) 2-2 2-0 (Notman, Cruyff) OCTOBER Thu 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST (H) 1-1 1-0 (Cooke) Wed 14 BLACKBURN ROVERS (H) 2-2 3-2 (Greening 2, Wilson) NOVEMBER Tue 3 STOKE CITY (H) 4-2 4-1 (Notman, Wilson, Greening, Wood) Mon 16 Leicester City (A) - 6-2 (Greening 3, Wilson, Clegg, Wellens) DECEMBER Wed 2 Leeds United (A) 0-3 1-5 (Sheringham) Thu 17 Sunderland (A) - 0-2 JANUARY Wed 6 Aston Villa (A) 1-0 5-1 (Solskjaer 2, Cruyff, Greening, Mulryne) Tue 19 Derby County (A) 4-0 2-2 (Wilson, Nevland) Wed 27 DERBY COUNTY (H) 2-1 4-0 (Notman, Nevland, Chadwick, Wilson) FEBRUARY Wed 3 Birmingham City (A) 2-0 1-1 (Healy) Mon 8 Preston North End (A) 6-1 1-0 (Mulryne) Wed 24 Nottingham Forest (A) 1-0 1-1 (Clegg) MARCH Mon 15 Blackburn Rovers (A) 1-3 0-1 Mon 22 Stoke City (A) 2-1 1-3 (May) Sat 27 EVERTON (H) 7-0 3-0 (Fitzpatrick 2, O'Shea) APRIL Wed 14 LEICESTER CITY (H) - Wed 28 LEEDS UNITED (H) 1-1 TBA PRESTON NORTH END (H) 5-2 TBA LIVERPOOL (H) 0-1 First 3 and last 3 Home fixtures at Old Trafford, Kick-off 7pm. Remainder at Gigg Lane, Bury, Kick-off 7.00. All Saturday fixtures Kick-off 2pm. Fixtures subject to alteration. Appearances and Goals 1998-99 (up to and including 27/03/99) Kennedy BAKIRCIOGLOU 1 0 Henning BERG 2 0 Russell BEST 0+1 0 Jesper BLOMQVIST 3 0 Wes BROWN 6 0 Nicky BUTT 2 0 Chris CASPER 2 0 Luke CHADWICK 3+2 1 Michael CLEGG 18 2 Andy COLE 1 0 Terry COOKE 6+1 1 Jordi CRUYFF 7 4 Nick CULKIN 7 0 John CURTIS 13 0 Ian FITZPATRICK 2 2 Ryan FORD 8+1 0 Paul GIBSON 3 0 Jonathan GREENING 16+1 9 David HEALY 4+4 1 Danny HIGGINBOTHAM 3 0 Ronny JOHNSEN 1 0 David MAY 13 1 Philip MULRYNE 14 1 Phil NEVILLE 2 0 Erik NEVLAND 8+2 2 Alex NOTMAN 8+1 3 John O'SHEA 8+1 1 Lee ROCHE 3+1 0 Stephen ROSE 2+1 0 Michael RYAN 1+1 0 Teddy SHERINGHAM 3 3 Ole Gunnar SOLSKJAER 1 2 Michael STEWART 3 0 Dominic STUDLEY 1 0 Paul TEATHER 6+2 0 John THORRINGTON 1+1 0 Raimond VAN DER GOUW 10 0 Ronnie WALLWORK 7+1 0 Richard WELLENS 6+3 1 Mark WILSON 16+2 7 Jamie WOOD 0+3 1 Jaszczun (Aston Villa) 1 og Pontins League Premier Division Results from last week: Derby County 3 Stoke City 2 Everton 2 Sunderland 5 Blackburn Rovers 5 Preston North End 1 Leeds United 3 Aston Villa 4 All facts and figures updated by Paul Hinson P.L.Hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk Webmaster barry@www.red11.org PONTINS PREMIER LEAGUE P W D L F A Pts UNITED (2) 20 12 4 4 44 23 40 Sunderland (-) 20 11 6 3 38 16 39 Nottingham Forest (11)18 8 6 4 26 17 30 Liverpool (10) 17 7 7 3 18 12 28 Leeds United (1) 17 8 2 8 32 31 26 Blackburn Rovers (3) 18 7 4 7 28 22 25 Everton (7) 16 7 4 5 20 19 25 Birmingham City (5) 19 5 7 7 23 26 22 Aston Villa (4) 19 6 4 9 28 32 22 Leicester City (-) 18 5 5 8 22 34 20 Stoke City (6) 16 4 3 9 17 26 15 Derby County (8) 19 3 6 1023 42 15 Preston North End (9) 16 3 3 1012 31 13 Last seasons position in brackets ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Manchester Senior Cup MARCH Wed 10 Oldham Athletic (A) 3-2 (Greening, Sheringham, M.Clegg) Wed 31 Bury (A) 4-1 (May, O'Shea, Wilson, Fitzpatrick) APRIL Tue 6 Manchester City (A) 5-1 (Wilson 2, Healy, Greening, Ford) Fri 16 BURY (H> Mon 19 MANCHESTER CITY (H) MAY Wed 5 OLDHAM ATHLETIC (H) Venues/Kick-off times to be decided. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Manchester United FA Premier Academy U-19 SEPTEMBER Sep 5 West Ham United (A) 0-3 Sat 12 DERBY COUNTY (H) 1-1 (Healy) Sat 19 WATFORD (H) 2-4 (O'Shea, Chadwick) Sat 26 WIMBLEDON (H) 4-0 (Healy 3, Chadwick) OCTOBER Sat 3 FULHAM (H) 4-0 (Healy 3, Evans) Sat 17 Manchester City (A) 4-1 (Evans, Healy, Clegg, Daly og) Sat 24 EVERTON (A) 1-0 (Knowles og) Sat 31 LIVERPOOL (H) 1-1 (Healy) NOVEMBER Sat 7 Bolton Wanderers (A) 2-1 (Wheatcroft, Ryan) Sat 14 Blackburn Rovers (A) 1-5 (Fitzpatrick) Sat 21 ASTON VILLA (H) 4-0 (Notman 3, Chadwick) Sat 28 CREWE ALEXANDRA (H) 2-1 (Howard, Fitzpatrick) DECEMBER Sat 12 MANCHESTER CITY (H) 1-0 (Fitzpatrick) JANUARY Sat 16 Liverpool (A) 1-1 (S Rose) Sat 30 BOLTON WANDERERS (H) 5-0 (Chadwick 2, Healy, Fitzpatrick, Howard) FEBRUARY Sat 6 EVERTON (H) 1-0 (Fitzpatrick) Sat 13 BLACKBURN ROVERS (H) 0-4 Sat 20 Aston Villa (A) 2-0 (Healy, Ryan) Sat 27 Crewe Alexandra (A) 0-1 MARCH Sat 6 Crystal Palace (A) 1-0 (Fitzpatrick) Sat 20 BRISTOL CITY (H) 1-2 (Wheatcroft) Sat 27 Sheffield Wednesday (A) 0-0 Home fixtures played at the Cliff, Lower Broughton, Salford Appearances and Goals 1998-99 (up to and including 06/03/99) Luke CHADWICK 15+2 5 George CLEGG 12+2 1 Stephen COSGROVE 9+1 0 Wayne EVANS 9+5 2 Ian FITZPATRICK 14+1 6 David HEALY 10+1 11 Jason HICKSON 0+2 0 Kirk HILTON 12+1 0 Joshua HOWARD 8 2 Mark LYNCH 2 0 Alan MCDERMOTT 1 0 Allan MARSH 4+1 0 Alex NOTMAN 1 3 John O'SHEA 13+1 1 Paul RACHUBKA 16 0 Lee ROCHE 15 0 Stephen ROSE 13 1 Michael RYAN 11 2 Michael STEWART 14+1 0 Dominic STUDLEY 8+4 0 John THORRINGTON 8 0 Richard WELLENS 4 0 Paul WHEATCROFT 13+2 1 Lee WHITELEY 2+4 0 Daly (Manchester City) 1 og Knowles (Everton) 1 og Top of Group A (up to and including 12/03/99) FA Premier Academy League Under-19 P W D L F A Pts UNITED 20 12 3 5 37 23 39 Crewe Alexandra 18 10 5 3 27 15 35 Blackburn Rovers20 9 3 8 37 27 30 Liverpool 18 7 8 3 29 15 29 Everton 18 8 4 6 31 23 28 Aston Villa 18 6 3 9 30 38 21 Manchester City 18 3 2 1216 41 11 Bolton Wanderers19 3 3 1324 55 12 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Manchester United FA Premier Academy U-17 SEPTEMBER Sep 5 West Ham United (A) 2-1 (Walker, Webber) Sat 12 DERBY COUNTY (H) 4-0 (Szmid, Muirhead, Rose, McDermott) Sat 19 WATFORD (H) 2-1 (Wood, Muirhead) Sat 26 WIMBLEDON (H) 5-0 (Webber, Grogan, Wood, Lynch, Davis) OCTOBER Sat 3 FULHAM (H) 9-0 (Webber 5,Davis,McDermott,Lynch,Whiteman) Sat 17 Manchester City (A) 2-0 (Davis, Webber) Sat 24 EVERTON (H) 3-2 (Webber, McDermott, Davis) Sat 31 LIVERPOOL (H) 2-2 (Lynch, Molloy) NOVEMBER Sat 7 WIMBLEDON (A) 1-1 (Webber) Sat 14 Blackburn Rovers (A) 2-0 (Webber, Davis) Sat 21 ASTON VILLA (H) 5-0 (Webber 2, McDermott, Davis, Samuels og) Sat 28 CREWE ALEXANDRA (H) 1-1 (Webber) DECEMBER Sat 12 MANCHESTER CITY (H) 4-0 (Webber 2, Davis, Molloy) JANUARY Sat 16 Liverpool (A) 3-3 (Davis 2, Webber) FEBRUARY Sat 6 Everton (A) 5-1 (Wood 2, Walker, Davis, M.Rose) Sat 13 BLACKBURN ROVERS (H) 1-1 (M.Rose) Sat 20 Aston Villa (A) 5-1 (Nardiello 2, Molloy, Wood, Clark) Sat 27 Crewe Alexandra (A) 1-1 (Strange) MARCH Sat 6 Crystal Palace (H) 3-0 (Wood 2, Davis) Sat 13 Tottenham Hotspur (A) 2-2 (Davis 2) Sat 20 BRISTOL CITY (H) 3-1 (Szmid, Muirhead, Davis) Sat 27 Sheffield Wednesday (A) 1-2 (Whiteman) Home fixtures played at Littleton Road, Salford Appearances and Goals 1998-99 (up to and including 13/03/99) Ben CLARK 5+1 1 James DAVIS 14+1 13 Ashley DODD 1 0 Kevin GROGAN 3+2 1 Rhodri JONES 3+1 0 Mark LYNCH 18 4 Alan MCDERMOTT 15 3 Allan MARSH 2 0 Eric MOLLOY 12+2 3 MOORE 2 0 David MORAN 16 0 Ben MUIRHEAD 14+1 2 Daniel NARDIELLO 2 2 PUGH 0+2 0 Michael ROSE 18 2 SAMPSON 0+2 0 Mark STUDLEY 19 0 Gareth STRANGE 17+1 1 Marek SZMID 18 1 TAYLOR 0+2 0 TIERNEY 0+1 0 Joshua WALKER 12+1 2 Danny WEBBER 13 17 Lee WHITELEY 3 0 Marc WHITEMAN 4+3 1 WILLIAMS 0+3 0 Neil WOOD 9+4 7 Samuels (Aston Villa) 1 og Top of Group A (up to and including 12/03/99) FA Premier Academy League Under-17 P W D L F A Pts UNITED 19 13 6 0 60 15 45 Blackburn Rovers20 12 5 3 52 22 41 Liverpool 19 8 9 2 41 32 33 Manchester City 20 7 6 7 41 40 27 Everton 18 7 4 7 39 31 25 Crewe Alexandra 18 5 7 6 23 25 22 Aston Villa 18 7 1 1022 42 22 Paul Hinson (email p.l.hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk) http://www.red11.org The best MANCHESTER UNITED STATS on the Web http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm STATISTICS http://www.red11.org/mufc/pontin.htm RESERVES AND JUNIORS http://www.red11.org/mufc/history.htm MUFC HISTORY
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Subject: That decision yesterday - Elleray explains ........ Elleray today explained the reasons behind the decision. "There was a situation where the ball was knocked through and the assistant indicated there was a player off-side," he says. "He thought the ball was going to go out for a goal-kick and so he dropped his flag. However, Ryan Giggs was so fast that he caught the ball and crossed it and in the ensuing play, a goal was scored. The assistant then having dropped his flag put it back up again to indicate the original off-side. I went across and consulted with him and he explained that there had been an off-side in the lead up to the cross and therefore he had to disallow it for off-side. I acted on what the assistant told me. He told me a player had been off-side in the lead up to the goal and I have to accept his view." When asked whether Dwight Yorke was off-side before Giggs' delivery: "The FA and FIFA talk about 'active play'. How are you involved in active play? It can mean one of two things - it can mean you are either going to the ball itself or you can actually be in a position interfering with an opponent. And if you are in or around the penalty area and are pulling a defender wide by your movement that is being involved in active play." MORE: BREAKING NEWS - Tuesday 13 April 1999 ELLERAY: DECISION TO DENY KEANE WAS CORRECT David Elleray, who took charge of the United-Arsenal FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park, insisted the controversial decision to rule out Roy Keane's strike was technically correct - but that it was his linesman who had decided. The Harrow schoolmaster was ready to award the goal until persuaded to consult his assistant on the touchline who had flagged United striker Dwight Yorke offside in the build-up. However, the flag went down moments before it was raised again just as Keane slammed the ball past Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman and into the roof of the Gunners' net. Elleray said: "I acted exactly on what my assistant told me. I haven't seen any video replay or anything. He told me that there was an offside in the build-up to the goal and I have to accept his view." The referee revealed the decision, which at first United manager Alex Ferguson branded "ridiculous", came because Ryan Giggs was too fast for the linesman. "It was a situation where the ball was played through and the assistant indicated the player was offside and in the active zone. "The assistant thought the ball was going to run out of play for a goal-kick and so he dropped his flag. "But Ryan Giggs was so fast that he caught up with the ball before it could go out, crossed it and, in the ensuing play, a goal was scored. "But the assistant, having dropped the flag, put it back up again to indicate it was offside. I went over and consulted with him and he said it was offside in the build-up," he told ClubCall
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Subject: INJURY FOR ZZ IS TOP NEWS FOR UNITED Juventus star Zinedine Zidane has given Manchester United a timely boost ahead of next week's Champions' League semi-final second leg after the French midfielder suffered a recurrence of his knee injury. Zidane was out for three weeks with a twisted knee before last Wednesday's first leg but was outstanding on his return in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. However, the injury problem flared up again during yesterday's game against Bologna, forcing the World Player of the Year to be substituted at half-time. "I didn't come out for the second half because the joint was giving me trouble," said the Frenchman. "I told the coach that I didn't want to go on and he agreed. "But it's strange all the same. I didn't feel anything for the 90 minutes in Manchester but here all it needed was 45 minutes to cause me problems." Juventus, who face Italian league leaders Lazio on Saturday, will have to decide later this week whether to risk the World Cup-winning midfielder. Zidane's injury was not the only note of alarm for coach Carlo Ancelotti in yesterday's 2-2 draw against Bologna. The Serie A champions took the lead through Filippo Inzaghi but the Italian international went on to miss a penalty as Juventus squandered several chances before letting Bologna move into a 2-1 lead. Angelo Di Livio salvaged a draw with a late equaliser but Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids, who set up Juventus' goal for Antonio Conte at Old Trafford, said: "We could have scored two or three goals in the first half. "And in the second we gifted Bologna too many chances. There are certain matches when, if you're not winning, you have to be very careful. "Manchester would certainly have taken advantage of all those chances; we can't afford to play like that against them."
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Subject: FA Cup replay on Canadian telly Calling Canadian Reds from coast to coast (and beyond). I got the followinf mail from Sportsnet today regarding the replay. Edouard Cruz Quebec, Canada luced@sprint.ca >Hello Soccer Fan, >Here is the news HOT off the press for all Soccer on Sportsnet fans. CTV >Sportsnet will be broadcasting the FA Cup on a tape delay basis on >Wednesday, April 14th. The times for the four regions are as follows: >EAST region: 11:00 p.m. EST >ONTARIO region: 11:30 p.m. EST >WEST Region: Midnight MT >PACIFIC Region: 7:30 p.m. PST >Coppa Italia wll be shown LIVE at 2:30 p.m. EST in all regions. The first >leg final between Parma vs Fiorentina >Please feel free to contact us again should you have any additional >questions, concerns or suggestions. >Sincerest regards, >Dave Millard >Audience Relations, CTV Sportsnet >1-877-288-7767 >View the day's sports news on Sportscentral - 7:30 am, 6:30 pm >(6:00pm-East/7:00 pm Atl.) and 10:00 pm. (11:00 pm Atl.) >Check out CTV Sportsnet's programming schedule for this week at www.ctv.ca > - It's a Whole New Game!
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Subject: Referees are once again in the spotlight Tuesday 13 April 1999 365 'WE MAKE 30 MISTAKES A GAME' ADMITS DERMOT GALLAGHER AFTER A WEEKEND OF CONTROVERSY By Iain Spragg TOP Premiership referee Dermot Gallagher has called on the Football Association to swallow its pride and adopt the use of video technology to avoid a repeat of the controversy which marred both Sunday’s FA Cup semi-finals. Gallagher, a FIFA-approved official, believes the introduction of new technology is now long overdue and would provide his under-fire colleagues with a priceless safety net when called on to make match-turning decisions. Referees are once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after David Elleray’s fiercely-disputed decision to rule out Roy Keane’s ‘goal’ for Manchester United against Arsenal at Villa Park and Paul Durkin’s failure to spot a blatant handball by Newcastle’s Nikos Dabizas against Tottenham at Old Trafford. Gallagher admitted he felt sympathy for his two fellow refs, but insisted the FA could no longer ignore the lessons learnt from the weekend’s decisive incidents. He told Football365: “I realise that a lot of referees and fans alike have a problem with using video technology to rule on disputed decisions but I think the time has finally come to give it a try. The eye-in-the-skycan only help officials in the long run. A referee has to make on average 300 decisions in every match and on average he will make about 30 mistakes during the 90 minutes. In that light, I don’t have a problem using technology to try and trim that margin of error down.” Gallagher acknowledges that there are inherent dangers with the use of video technology during games – many fear constant consultation with a third official watching replays of disputed incidents will reduce football to a stop-start affair more akin to American football – but insists a common-sense approach to its use could avoid such problems. He told F365: “Many people involved in football worry that replays would ruin the natural flow of the game but there are ways around it. I am not suggesting using video technology for any controversial decision – only when a goal is scored. When the ball hits the back of the net there is a natural break in play which would give a third referee plenty of time to verify the validity of the score. That way, you are at least sure whether a goal should stand without constantly disrupting the flow. “I am trying to get other referees to support the idea and West Ham manager Harry Redknapp has suggested to the League Managers’ Association that they take up the same issue with the FA. Harry got the idea after an incident in a cup game last year when Ian Wright had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside. Bringing in video technology would eliminate the possibility of referees making wrong calls about goals which ultimately could decide important matches. There is more support for the idea among referees than people think.” The FA have been persistently reluctant to explore the possibilities of introducing new technology to help referees but, in view of the incident at Villa Park on Sunday in particular, they will be under renewed pressure to change their stance. Watch this space!
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Subject: Manchester United say there are no plans for change By Keith Weir LONDON, April 12 - English Premier League soccer club Manchester United said on Monday there were no plans for board changes after the British government blocked plans for a billion-dollar takeover by pay TV company BSkyB. The planned takeover had been opposed by a vocal group of United supporters and small shareholders, with chief executive Martin Edwards coming in for especially strong criticism. The United board recommended the takeover and Edwards had pledged to sell his 14 percent stake to BSkyB as part of the deal, which would have netted him some 87 million pounds ($140.6 million). A United spokesman said the board would remain in place and noted that the senior mangement would have continued in their roles had the deal gone ahead. He said that it was Edwards' own personal decision as to whether he maintained his stake at current levels. The Edwards family has been associated with United for nearly four decades, Martin Edwards' late father Louis having turned the club into a major European force in the 1960s. The British government blocked the BSkyB/Man Utd deal on Friday, saying it would harm competition between broadcasters and damage the quality of British soccer. BSkyB, 40 percent owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, is Britain's leading pay TV company while United is regarded as the world's richest soccer club. The United board prompted fresh controversy last month when it said that ticket prices would be increased by up to 14 percent in response to spiralling wage costs. United, European Cup semifinalists and still chasing a domestic F.A. Cup and premier league double, stressed that it was business as usual despite the takeover rejection. The club is investing 30 million pounds on increasing the capacity of its Old Trafford stadium to 67,400 from 55,000 and is also developing a new training ground which will open at the end of the year. United shares, which dived 15 percent on Friday, were little changed at 186-1/2p on Monday.
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Subject: FULL "uncut" 365 emails on REDS Semi E-Mail Of The Day: We Shall Overcome Your headline should have been "Robbery at the Park", since no-one can understand the ref's decision. However, I won't fall in the stereotype of the typical United fan (lives abroad, moans at the referee etc.). United will beat Arsenal because they will come out to the pitch on Wednesday like wounded animals. Fergie should go back to his old routine of "the whole world is against us"; it works wonders with United youngsters who know it's true, but just need a reminder from time to time. Petit is out of shape and late on tackles and he'll be carded card in the first 25 minutes and won't dominate the midfield as usual (I'm willing to take a bet). Yorke or Cole should make way for Sheringham, who can actually deal with crosses. Fergie should have never replaced Giggs, one of the hottest players in Europe at the moment, but if he does then Blomqvist is his best bet because of his ability to play at the left wing. Playing a few games on the trot will only help the United attack get back into shape. The two weeks they had without football didn't do Yorke any good. He had too much time for other stuff (you know what I mean). Playing will make him and the rest of the lads sharper until we beat Juve in Italy (I'm willing to accept bets too!). Afterwards, regardless of the outcome of these two crucial matches I foresee a collapse, unless Fergie really starts to use his squad in the coming league games. Everybody should play. Wes Brown (remember him?), Greening, they should all rotate otherwise the lads will be knackered. Finally, To those who hate Man. United, a team with six local youngsters, compare them with Wenger's 'Anglo-French-Dutch alliance' and Vialli with his 'rest of the world team' Is hate your only motivator in life? Are you blind as the linesman yesterday? How can you not like Giggsy, Beckham and the rest of the England players (at least)? I for one pity you. Ron Spira, Tel-Aviv, Israel Your Views On The Semis It comes as no surprise to me that Man U didn't have anyone sent off in yesterday's clash, even though two of their players should have gone. I will admit Arsenal were outplayed and, yes, I will even admit that Keane's goal should have stood, but the fact that Man U players get away with indiscipline all the time just gets me riled. Denis Irwin should have gone for two yellow cards after a tackle from behind and Gary Neville should also have walked for slamming the ball into the ground in a fit of temper. But how silly of me, they play for Man U so they are exempt. Vivas quite rightly got sent off, but he should have been joined by the other two. As for Wednesday, the main man Manu is back to partner Vieira, so we will win hands down, and even if we don't at least we have made the Mancs play another game and so knacker them in time for a beating by Juve. Paul Reynoldson ...I know that everybody agrees that Keane's goal was legal, but has the linesman (sorry, Referee's ASSistant) forgotten the basics of the offside law? Giggs did not really release the ball, but played it forward to run on to it himself. As Giggs retained the ball it didn't matter where Yorke was. John Collins, Dundee ...I think much of the controversy regarding Roy Keane's "goal" has more to do with ignorance regarding the offside law, than with refereeing incompetence. When Giggs played the ball past Dixon, Yorke was in an off-side, but was not yet interfering with play, so the linesman who had raised his flag then lowered it again. But, once the ball was crossed into the box, the linesman had to raise his flag, because Yorke who had been in an offside position, was now interfering with play, and so had gained an advantage by being in that offside position. In fact it was Yorke who flicked it on. If so-called 'pundits' such as Andy Gray undertook a basic refereeing course, then they would understand this subtlety in the offside law. Or, more radically, if a referee was allowed as an extra pundit on Match of the Day or Sky Sports, then the viewing public could be better informed, and not misled by what former players feel should be the right decision. Mel Siew ...After watching yesterday's semi-finals, I can't help but feel that there has to be a change in the way the games are refereed! As a Liverpool supporter, I had no biases towards any of the clubs involved in the matches, but if I were a Manure or Spurs supporter I would feel terribly hard done by. Unfortunately I cannot say this is the first time where there have been poor decisions in matches, and it probably won't be the last. In Man U's case, not only did they have a legitimate goal disallowed, they also had to endure a number of dodgy decisions, but in reality it was in no comparison to the display by Paul Durkin. For starters, there were a number of fouls by Newcastle that went unpunished, yet as soon as a Spurs player touched the opposition, the ref blew his whistle!! Then he decided that he would not see what was the most blatant handball ever seen in football, but when a Spurs player did it, of course there was a penalty!! Unfortunately for Spurs it happened in an extra time which there should not have been had the ref done his job properly!! A clear example of the poor refereeing came when Shearer pushed Carr to get to a ball, and no whistle. Yet when Carr went for the ball and Shearer did his usual ducking so that Carr went over him, it was a free-kick to Newcastle!! There were so many incidents like these that it really made one wonder if there is a better way of officiating! One way I came up with is to have the fourth official have some sort of communicating device connected with the ref, and let him watch a TV, so that he can immediately inform the ref of a decision!! This way, there won't need to be too many long stoppages and the game can at least be a bit fairer! Nitin Dialdas, Hong Kong ...I would like to say that even Manchester United Fans from as far away as Kenya were very disappointed at the way Keane's goal was disallowed. That was one case of a very clean and beautiful goal and for a clash of that magnitude a referee should not be allowed to make such a decision. I think it is a high time the FA came up with some remedial measures to a team which loses due to a referee's incompetence. Silas Olango, Kenya The Verdict From India: United Lacked 'The Penetration Power' Bravo! Arsenal have proved once again that they are the real champions team. Well, sorry for United. They tried too hard but lacked the penetration power. Dennis is too good a player to miss out on second chance. So I feel on Wednesday it will be 2 - 1 Arsenal victory with Bergkamp and Diawara doing the job for the Gunners and Cole striking a late consolation goal for Utd. Also I had predicted a 1-1 draw with Juve and a 2-0 away loss for United and if I know United well they wont let me down with my predictions. So I feel it will be Gunners vs Newcastle Boys in final and the European final will be between Bayern Munich and Juve. Gurudutt, India
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