Sport news MARTIN SAMUEL: David Coote upsets fans again with controversial calls at Old Trafford following his Merseyside derby debacle but who cares? It's only West Brom  Metinews.com

MetiNews.Com - MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: David Coote may have been at the centre of more controversy this weekend, but at least he didn't upset the supporters of any big clubs.

Sport news MARTIN SAMUEL: David Coote upsets fans again with controversial calls at Old Trafford following his Merseyside derby debacle but who cares? It's only West Brom  Metinews.com

MetiNews.Com - MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: David Coote may have been at the centre of more controversy this weekend, but at least he didn't upset the supporters of any big clubs.

Sport news  MARTIN SAMUEL: David Coote upsets fans again with controversial calls at Old Trafford following his Merseyside derby debacle but who cares? It's only West Brom  Metinews.com
22 November 2020 - 22:46

Breaking News ! Never mind, it’s only West Brom. David Coote may have been at the centre of more controversy this weekend, but at least he didn’t upset the supporters of any big clubs.Indeed, how relieved must he have been that every one of his significant calls on Saturday favoured Manchester United.The penalty that he turned down; the one he gave; the one he ordered to be retaken. All went United’s way. So no big social media storm there. David Coote overturned his decision to award West Brom a penalty against Man United RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'It's a disgraceful decision': Rio Ferdinand SLAMS referee... Manchester United FINALLY get up and running at Old Trafford... Share this article Share Nothing that would cause the PGMOL administrators to start fiddling with their appointments list again. And if the rule of the mob is the way forward for football, then this was a positive weekend for the Premier League.Coote was initially supposed to be VAR at Liverpool’s match against Leicester on Sunday night. But that was the role he had performed for the Merseyside derby last month, when he missed Jordan Pickford’s foul tackle on Virgil van Dijk. So a social media backlash from angry Liverpool fans followed — at which point the PGMOL announced a switch, with Coote made referee of United’s game against West Brom instead. And some of us wondered what message that sent, if the large fan base of a club could influence the selection of senior officials.

.He would have reversed his decision to give a penalty to West Brom, even though what Bruno Fernandes got of the ball when tripping Conor Gallagher was negligible enough to be of no consequence. He would have given a penalty against Darnell Furlong for handball, even though it looked very unfortunate, and he would have ordered a retake because goalkeeper Sam Johnstone had advanced from his line to make the first save.  United were awarded a penalty after a Darnell Furlong handball in the second half Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone strayed off his line when saving Fernandes's first attempt And while the Furlong judgment, and certainly that against Johnstone, involved the application of modern rules, few neutrals agreed with ruling out West Brom’s penalty. It was a foul. A foul committed by a big player for a big club, with a very big need for a home win. What good fortune that problem went away, then.This is not to doubt Coote’s integrity. His VAR, Peter Bankes, alerted him to the possibility Fernandes may have got a slight touch on the ball. Yet given that escape route, who knows what pressure he felt subconsciously, the PGMOL having made it clear that upsetting large fan bases was to be avoided. Some may suspect the PGMOL’s clumsy handling of this case is just another example of elite club advantage. But who cares about them anyway? It’s only West Brom. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'It's a disgraceful decision': Rio Ferdinand SLAMS referee... Manchester United FINALLY get up and running at Old Trafford... Share this article Share

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Sport news MARTIN SAMUEL: David Coote upsets fans again with controversial calls at Old Trafford following his Merseyside derby debacle but who cares? It's only West Brom  Metinews.com


Sport news MARTIN SAMUEL: David Coote upsets fans again with controversial calls at Old Trafford following his Merseyside derby debacle but who cares? It's only West Brom  Metinews.com


Sport news MARTIN SAMUEL: David Coote upsets fans again with controversial calls at Old Trafford following his Merseyside derby debacle but who cares? It's only West Brom  Metinews.com


Sport news MARTIN SAMUEL: David Coote upsets fans again with controversial calls at Old Trafford following his Merseyside derby debacle but who cares? It's only West Brom  Metinews.com

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