You know football managers have run out of ways of criticising referees when so many of them are now encountering ‘the worst decision I’ve ever seen’.
Kingstonian manager Alan Dowson used the phrase on Monday to describe a goal scored by Met Police at Kingsmeadow.
The referee seemed to blow for a retake after Ks had taken a free kick on the edge of the box, only to then allow Charlie Collins to race clear and give the Blues the lead.
Presumably Dowson thought that was worse than the decision lambasted by Manchester United manager David Moyes last month after his team saw penalty appeals for a challenge by Tottenham keeper Hugo Llores on Ashley Young waved away.
If Moyes thought that was bad, he clearly didn’t turn his TV on the night eight years ago when Spurs’ Pablo Mendes’ shot landed deep into the United net only for the linesman to deem it had not crossed the line.
Beneficiary: Charlie Collins races away to open the scoring against Kingstonian in controversial circumstances
Or how about the bogus goal scored by Reading against Watford a couple of years ago when, somehow, referee and linesman, influenced by the appeal from a Reading player, found a way to give a goal even though a Hornets defender had clearly played a ball out for a corner.
Referees have and will always make mistakes. This week, it was revealed Premier League officials have been shown 21 occasions this season when they should have shown a red card and failed to do so.
But, when a full Match of the Day panel can seriously claim Luis Suarez did nothing wrong in diving to claim a penalty against Aston Villa last Sunday because he felt contact, do we seriously think the referees have a chance?
There was no intent by the Villa goalkeeper to foul and there was clear intent by Suarez to win a penalty.
The fact Suarez isn’t condemned can only lead to more players in non-League and parks football seeing the referee as merely an accessory waiting to be conned.
Until there is a change in attitudes or referees get the extra help, the ‘worst ever’ decisions will keep getting worse.