Case Study: The Knight and The Stand-side Linesman

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had his kilt in a twist following United’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The object of the Scots derision? None other than ‘stand-side linesman’ Simon Beck, whom SAF would go on to accuse of not giving any decisions in United’s favor for the entirety of the match. “The stand-side linesman never gave us a thing all day”, moaned the 71 year-old.

Case Study # 4-2013
Date 19 Jan 2013
Competition Barclays Premier League
Fixture/Result Spurs 1 – 1 Manchester United
Referee/Badge Chris Foy (Select Group)
At Issue Should Foy have awarded a penalty for a foul on United striker Wayne Rooney?

He failed to mention that Umpire Chris Foy was positioned right behind the wickets when the incident occurred and adjudged Spurs batsman Steven Caulker not guilty of LBW. “Clearly the umpire had a good look at the incident, and as the decision is ultimately his, I shall be painting my face and charging him with a spear,” SAF didn’t say.

What sayeth you, fair reader?

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