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CanningTownWA 11:35 Fri Sep 21
Hammers House of Cards
From the Guardian

Chelsea, like Manchester City, have received just four bookings this season, a league low. Each Premier League team has, on average, been shown 8.1. The third most-cautioned team in the division is Brighton, with 10, and Watford are at No 2 with 12. West Ham have earned 18.

It is not possible to blame the rogue thuggery of a couple of miscreants for this situation. West Ham excepted, the average Premier League club has so far had 5.8 different players booked this season. Southampton and Manchester United have each had eight players booked and Everton, second on the list of offenders, have had nine.

Fourteen different West Ham players have already been booked in league games. Strangely, this is despite the fact they are only ninth on the list of most fouling teams in the top flight, conceding 58 free-kicks (excluding offsides). Individually, Glenn Murray has committed 20 fouls, most in the division. Felipe Anderson, Arthur Masuaku, Marko Arnautovic and FabiŠn Balbuena, West Hamís fouliest players, are joint 44th, having between them committed only fractionally more (24) than Murray alone. So what is going on here, and is there some dastardly refereeing bias at play?
It would seem not, because the really strange thing is the identity of the most-fouled team in the top flight, the one awarded more free-kicks than any other: itís West Ham

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Hammer and Pickle 9:30 Fri Sep 21
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How about shuffling the shirt numbers around?

Helmut Shown 9:24 Fri Sep 21
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That Everton diving cunt Bernard is responsible for 3 of the bookings.

El Scorchio 12:27 Fri Sep 21
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'fouliest'?

Fucking hell.


Actually this article does support what myself and a lot of those sitting round me at the home games say. In most games the oppo make a lot of fouls in the first 10-15 minutes, not usually punished by a card. Then we make 1-2 and almost always the card comes out for something no worse than what we've already seen 8-10 times already,

I can only think the officials just remember there have been a lot of free kicks but not really who to and they think they need to just nip it in the bud. There have been some ridiculous ones mixed in with that as well.

Add to the fact we've played Liverpool and Arsenal away where you only so much as have to look at one of their players to get a booking.

Takashi Miike 12:07 Fri Sep 21
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what is going on here is what i've been saying for a long time. bent officials with a clear vendetta against us

Haywards Iron 12:01 Fri Sep 21
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So you're saying we aren't getting into Europe via fair play this year?





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