Why Refs need our help / Liverpool and Arsenal should have lost / Chelsea and Fulham should have won

It’s been quite a weekend with many sets of fans left fuming at refereeing decisions going against their teams.

The Right Result.net panel have been very busy looking at this weekend’s fixtures. The independent panel have judged that seven of the games should have finished with a different score. These results mean its all change on the Right Result table. Chelsea have overtaken Liverpool at the top of the table. The panel believe Middlesbrough should be up into 7th while West Ham have dropped into our bottom 3.

Before we get to the fixtures and the scoreline changes, I want to request our readers to think about the following the next time they get angry at a ref:

We all hate it when a ref’s mistake costs our team points. But blaming the refs and thinking of carrying out extreme violence against them / their property (you’re thinking about it, someone out there is probably acting it out) is not the answer, in fact it’s the stupidest thing you can do. The more anger we vent towards refs, the worse it will get for football and refereeing standards as more and more competent refs drop out due to abuse and we’re left with amateurs officiating the top games.

Refs need help. They need a fifth ref with video replays to help correct mistakes. They need help in terms of clarified rules. They need goal-line tech. They need post-match video reviews to take care of dangerous tackling, diving and any challenges / incidents that the ref didn’t see.

Those who make the rules can give them more help.

It is time to target the collective cannons of all aggrieved fans around the world against the powers that be – i.e. FIFA, who have so far failed to allow the most basic of technological assistance, goal-line tech, to be introduced in English football.

The next time a decision goes wrong against your team and it’s not corrected, blame FIFA for not being at the forefront of taking care of what fans want – justice.

On to this weekend’s fixtures:

1) LIVERPOOL v HULL CITY (2-2)

– The panel believe that Michael Turner was fouled by Albert Riera in the run up to Liverpool’s first goal

THE RIGHT RESULT: LIVERPOOL 1-2 HULL CITY

2) CHELSEA v WEST HAM (1-1)

– The panel have judged that Chelsea should have had a penalty for Lucas Neill’s late trip on Frank Lampard

THE RIGHT RESULT: CHELSEA 2-1 WEST HAM

3) MIDDLESBROUGH v ARSENAL (1-1)

– The panel believe that Middlesbrough should have had a penalty for Gael Clichy’s trip on Adam Johnson

THE RIGHT RESULT: MIDDLESBROUGH 2-1 ARSENAL

4) STOKE v FULHAM (0-0)

– The panel have judged that a handball from Danny Higginbotham should have resulted in a Fulham penalty

THE RIGHT RESULT: STOKE 0-1 FULHAM

5) PORTSMOUTH v NEWCASTLE (0-3)

– The panel have judged that Portsmouth should have been awarded a penalty for Sebastien Bassong’s foul on Jermain Defoe

THE RIGHT RESULT: PORTSMOUTH 1-3 NEWCASTLE

6) MANCHESTER CITY v EVERTON (0-1)

– The panel believe Leon Osman was fouled by Michael Ball and Everton should have had a penalty

THE RIGHT RESULT: MANCHESTER CITY 0-2 EVERTON

7) ASTON VILLA v BOLTON WANDERERS (4-2)

– The panel believe a handball by Gary Cahill should have resulted in a penalty for Aston Villa.

THE RIGHT RESULT: ASTON VILLA 5-2 BOLTON

See the full Right Result table here and previous Right Result archives here. To learn more about Right Result and to follow it every week, click here.

If you think the officials got a decision wrong on the weekend, something that would have resulted in a goal or prevented one, let us know in the comments below.

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