Date: 10th April 2012 at 6:51pm
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Not even a yellow *sigh

Not even a yellow *sigh

Every United fan’s favourite referee Martin Atkinson has covered himself in even more glory today by admitting he saw Mario ’s knee-high studs up challenge on Alex Song on Sunday, yet felt it wasn’t worthy of a card.

The announced that Balotelli cannot be punished for the astonishingly bad ‘tackle’ -although assault would be more appropriate- after Atkinson admitted he’d seen the offence yet decided not to card the striker.

The dugout were left fuming following the challenge, that even provoked a response from City boss Roberto who seemed furious with his player for such a nasty foul.

How Atkinson, one the games most experienced and respected referee’s can expect , and managers to trust him, when he allows challenges which could feasibly end careers, to go unpunished is quite frankly beyond me. We ask a lot of our referees and they often have a thankless task, but witnessing a challenge like the one at Sunday’s game and allowing it, is unacceptable. It’s time for the FA and Martin Atkinson to seriously consider his position.