The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
Alex Ferguson is complaining about the officiating in Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal yesterday. It’s nonsense, of course, but I’m still glad he’s doing it. My watch was five minutes off, and hearing Sir Alex moan about the referee after a big match always helps me get it back on time.
What’s frustrating about this latest attempt by a coach to win the match in the papers that he couldn’t win on the pitch is that the refereeing in the Man Utd – Arsenal game was actually quite good. Howard Webb got most of the tough calls right, and the linesman who saw Gallas’s last goal correctly spotted what eluded the commentators and 90% of the audience. Well done.
by Brian Phillips · November 4, 2007