All Evertonians will be more than well aware of the infamous occasions when our Club has been shafted by referees, not only in this country, but abroad too.
The antics of Martin Atkinson, during last Saturday's match against the Mancs, bring sharply into focus, once again, the question of refereeing standards.
If you were to buy shoddy goods or receive bad service, after making due payment, you have recourse to complain and seek recompense. Unfortunately, the FA and its ilk, are above the law and the poor, long suffering football supporter has absolutely no way of challenging the woeful performances of some of these characters, who operate under the guise of professional referees.
The simple fact of the matter is that Atkinson is a typically weak referee, who was quaking in his boots at the prospect of being hung out to dry by Ol'Rancid Nose if he'd allowed play to continue, with the possibility of an Everton winner at the end of it.
I'm as certain as certain can be that, if the roles had been reversed and the famous Red Devils had been on the attack, then the move would have been allowed to continue. Geez, it comes to something when the likes of John Aldridge and Graham Poll announce in the press that we were badly treated!!
Apart from certain exceptions, such as Mark Halsey and Phil Dowd, the referees in this country are a lily-livered, inconsistent bunch of overpaid incompetents, who are allowed to ply their so-called trade under the umbrella of a secular organisation which should have gone out with Noah's Ark.
David Moyes and Steve Round should be commended for their actions at the end of the match, not condemned.