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Hughes: Standards SHOULD Be The Same

Hughes: Standards SHOULD Be The Same

Blackburn Rovers have LONG been seen as the Premier League's "bully boy" side, something that manager Mark Hughes feels isn't helped by the fact that some clubs are shown more leniency by referees.

With Brett Emerton being sent off on Saturday (he was stupid, I have NO arguments there) against Wigan Athletic that made it three red cards in the last six matches for Rovers (five red cards in total and thirty-five yellows) so this is ALWAYS going to lead to teams just believing that Rovers are as they are portrayed. However, Hughes remains convinced that Rovers (and others) are unfairly treated and those at the very top end of the table are shown more a more lenient approach from officials, something that he felt he noticed in the Arsenal match with Chelsea on Sunday.

Hughes told Setanta Sports: "I saw some challenges that were a bit close to the wire, and I always look and try to relate to what we are trying to do and I do feel that maybe, on occasions, challenges by Blackburn Rovers players are viewed in a different light than maybe teams from the top four.

"People will dispute that and no doubt referees will dispute that, but there were a few challenges in the game yesterday that possibly warranted straight red cards.

"Time and again I see referees pulling over players to have a stern word to tell them to calm down and be careful with their challenges. Unfortunately at Blackburn Rovers we don't see that happening many times

The top clubs are most definitely shown more leniency, if ALL clubs were having players booked or sent off for some of the things that we are it would be unjust for them but at least it would be fair. Reputations are hard to shift aren't they and it seems that no mater how hard Rovers try, shifting theirs isn't easy and this is often used against them.


Date:Tuesday December 18 2007
Time: 11:10AM


All you want is a FAIR and EQUAL show of form from officials to ALL sides don't you.
Basically I have had enough of trying to defend Rovers against the “bully boy” tag, I let people think what they want but Sparky is spot on with his assessment here some of the challenges in BOTH the games on Sunday (from some of that weekends build-up you'd think that NO ONE else played last weekend!!!) would have seen players from Rovers (and in fairness some others) sent off let along booked, whereas yellows were not even produced for some, some that were shown yellows SHOULD have been red, and again had it been Rovers (and some others) it would have been.
Equal playing fields, that is ALL we ask.
Hughes Da Man
18/12/2007 11:12:00
Good article HDM. I don't think this will ever change for us, at least not for a long time. I'm amazed that we are top of the discipline table (only table we win!) when I can't remember a bad foul. I thought that Carlton Cole should have seen red for two late and terrible fouls, but no. Anyway, I think that Hughes has timed this well and got his message in before Wenger puts in his usual don't harm my players who are always victims because they play fancy football. Good ploy by Hughes
18/12/2007 11:38:00
Obviously Hughes is stirring a little here but I concur with his views. Emerton received his marching orders for an inocusous challenge and a similar one the day after in the grandslam fixtures didn't earn the same punishment. The only reson we have so many red's this year is because refs dish them out so quickly to our players. Tugs red, Nelsen's red against Arsenal and Villa both spring to mind!
18/12/2007 13:24:00
great article HDM i agree with hughes i am always sitting there watchin liverpool, united, arsenal, chelsea and saying if that was robbie savage... eg how did gerrard not get sent off on sunday for persistent foulin? eboue is the biggest scumbag in football as he intentionally tries to hurt people how did he stay on against middlesboro after twice tryin to get sent off? or terrys challenge on fabregas only got a yellow even though the whistle had gone and fabregas was on the ground! and fabregas is another little toe rag (great footballer) but he is a consistent fouler and never gets booked and also has a terrible temper which he struggles to keep in check! but do any of these see yellows or reds for the sort of stuff our boys do? of course not cos they wear a different jersey!
durks de rover
18/12/2007 14:31:00
The other thing that happens is that players surround the ref and give them a load of verbal and the refs take it from the top four stars but not lower down the league... I think refs are scared of the top four managers and don't want to pi@s them off
18/12/2007 14:49:00
I've got a lot of time for Sparky, he's rarely wrong with his views, especially those he expressed about Arsenal in the press today!
18/12/2007 20:21:00
You got the rub of the green with the calls today. Your first goal was offside. So please Hughes stop whining.
18/12/2007 22:54:00
Yeah the goal was lucky in that respect but Arsenal still put in a few challenges that went unpunished todday (card wise I mean, one that Diaby did in the second half springs to mind.)
Hughes Da Man
18/12/2007 22:57:00
I guess I am just trying to say that he doesnt need to complain about referees because it will all balance out. It puts down the integrity of the game and thats not needed.
18/12/2007 23:00:00
It's not the decisions as such that he is complaining about, it is the cards that are dished out for some and not for others, and I'm sorry dude but no matter what way it is looked at the "bigger" sides get shown far less for the same (if not worse) challenges that the likes of Rovers make also.
Hughes Da Man
18/12/2007 23:06:00
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