- Aug 18, 2011
Agree. Referees are human so of course they are bias. I don't think I've ever watched a game completely neutral. I could watch a Ghanaian League 3rd division match and after 20mins will be strongly supporting a side because the face of the oppositon striker pisses me off for no good reason.Fully agree, anyone with half of a brain cell would think like you are suggesting. However, those of us who holds more than half a brain cell, will see that there is plausibility behind Mike Means proposed bias, given his background as an assumed Tottenham fan.
You talk about refs doing a bad job, and that's fine, most of them do. But a bad job sees bad decisions distributed proportionally. A bias leads to a disproportion in good and bad decisions.
It's unreasonable of us to expect complete impartiality the same way it is unreasonable for the FA to blindly say their refs are cleaner than clean. They need to spot the patterns of bias (likely unconcious bias) and allocate refs accordingly.