Date: 29th March 2012 at 1:47am
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"Vieira whooahhh, he gave Giggsy the ball....."

Manchester City’s Football Development Executive Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira must have a very strange remit which seems to consist of talking about United for as much as possible to whoever will listen.

Only one week after labelling United ‘desperate’ for bringing back Paul Scholes into the squad, the former Gunner’s skipper has been at it again, erroneously claiming the Reds get an advantage at Old Trafford from referees.

Vieira’s comments came after Fulham weren’t awarded what looked a clear penalty at Old Trafford on Monday night, when Danny Murphy was clipped by Michael Carrick in the United box.

Vieira told the BBC: “When United play at home they get some advantage that other teams don’t get,”

“I think when you go to United, Madrid, Barcelona or Milan, when the referees referee these kind of games, it’s always difficult to go against these kind of teams.”

However Vieira’s comments have been rubbished by former referee Graham Poll who, writing in his column for the Mail noted:

Patrick Vieira’s assertion that the big teams, especially Manchester United, are favoured by refereeing decisions in their home games is wide of the mark.

When any of the elite sides play at home they tend to dominate possession and, as a result, their opponents give away more free-kicks.

That’s a natural consequence of a smaller club going into a game knowing a draw would be a good result.

The statistics also disprove Vieira’s rantings. In the last five seasons the likes of Chelsea, Bolton, Liverpool, Everton, Fulham, Villa and Spurs have all conceded less penalties at home than United have. City in the meantime have conceded a staggering one more, a fact that no doubt shows the massive bias refs have in United’s favour….

You can read Poll’s response to Vieira’s nonsense:

Read more:–Graham-Poll.html#ixzz1qSYpHW50

While the Guardian has a full report of what Vieira said here:


8 responses to “Graham Poll: “Vieira Is Wrong About Refs Favouring United””

  1. chris says:

    Idiot as a player, Idiot as whatever he is now. He was always jelous of united & still is. Make me laugh

  2. sitesired says:

    An over paid extension of Team Mansours black ops PR Dept .Obsessed and Deluded .Lets worry about our own .

  3. arani says:

    i don’t know why the so called vieira insist that we were favoured by the referee we were also needed a penalty for a handball in box first vieira must shut up mouth

  4. JETELINHO says:

    ulcer / he IS at the right place, at BLUE ULCERS … E.S.

  5. Austin Nwangwu says:

    You guys make me laugh. All this reposte gratify the french-senegalese. Or what else are mind games all about? Enough about Viera and his riling inexactitudes. Hope saf realizes this, keeps his cool, does what needs to be done to shore up our on-field performances; and let a deluded hatchet-man earn his keep. Nuff!!

  6. Macca says:

    Don’t forget we had a penalty given against us at home against Newcastle which was actually a superb tackle from Rio.


  7. Niyi says:

    This shows jitters in the City Camp. A penalty should have been awarded against City in their match against Stoke when Gareth Barry fouled a Stoke player in the box but nothing was given

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