City v United: the referee

Andre Marriner, Steve Gerrard

Few, bar BSkyB one suspects, hope that the officials play a key role in next Monday’s crunch derby at Eastlands when the 2011/12 Premier League title will surely be decided in favour of either Manchester City or Manchester United. So it is with some suspicion, and no little surprise, that Andre Marriner has been appointed […]

Andre Marriner j’accuse

Michael Owen

Andre Marriner, the Birmingham-born official who drew Sir Alex Ferguson’s ire during United’s defeat at Liverpool Sunday, stands accused of gross-incompetence. While Ferguson will receive an FA ban for questioning a referee’s fitness, Marriner will not face any punishment despite a series of inexplicable decisions during the Anfield match. Mr. Marriner, Rant accuses you of being guilty […]