Managers have for years sought to blame everyone else for their woes. Now whole clubs are at it.
Rarely do you get a manager admit that it was his fault or his team are just useless (as fans, we know that most of them are!). It's always somebody else's fault - nearly always the officials'.
Now Chelsea, as a club, are seekinbg to blame the officials for their defeat by Manchester United last weekend.
"It was never a sending-off."
"Hernandez was offside."
Referee Mark Clattenburg used "inappropriate language" to player(s) "containing a racial element".
I didn't hear Chelsea complaining when they were given two offside goals against Wigan Athletic last season or when a ghot "goal" turned the FA Cup semi-final in their favour against Tottenham Hotspur.
Managers and clubs only moan when they lose - have you noticed that? Of course you have.
They're not interested in fairness, only winning.
A referee using "inappropriate language"! He didn't swear, did he? Heaven forbid. Players swear at referees, assistant referees and fourth officials all the time. Well, that's all right, isn't it? No, actually, it's not. If referees are at fault at all, it's because they don't deal properly with players who break this law.
Law 12, sending-off offences (bullet 6):
- using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
So, before players or clubs start accusing officials of inappropriate behaviour, I think they should get their own house in order.
As a final point: was John Obi Mikel's handling of Mark Clattenburg's arm (as often shown on Sky Sports News) in that game "appropriate"?