Apologies if anyone is upset by my constant moaning about the officials but today I feel I'm more than justified to criticise them.
The thing is, Mick, you criticise them all the time
, and in such a way that goes beyond anything that could be classed as rational or objective. You do not analyse their performance and explain where and how they have made errors, which would be perfectly acceptable. You descend into attacking them personally and implying that they are somehow out to 'get' Bradford for some reason or another, in other words 'cheating'.
Take these examples from this thread:"the abomination with the whistle is a disgrace, an absolute disgrace"
"It really is a disgrace as the cries of cheat cheat cheat cheat reverberate around Odsal. The odds and other factors are firmly against us today."
I'm writing this as a Bradford fan myself, as disappointed as anyone by the club's decline, but in all honesty, your attitude towards referees exasperates me in my capacity as Site Admin on this forum, because you go way beyond what is acceptable, time after time after time.
I really don't want to have to ban you from here (again) because I think your passion for your club - and the game in general - is laudable, but you need to learn to channel that passion more constructively or I am going to end up with no other choice. It isn't just the same people complaining about your ref rants, you really are getting on a lot
of people's nerves with it, including the moderators and however good or bad James Child may be as a referee, neither he nor anyone else deserves to be called an abomination on here by anyone.
I'm posting this in public rather than PM in the hope that you'll get this message loud and clear, and that other forum members will understand that I am not ignoring their complaints.
I'd recommend you take the advice I'm about to offer, Mick, if you want to stay on TRL:
1. Stop posting live updates from games, because you will end up posting something in the heat of the moment that will finally end up getting you banned from TRL, no matter how many assurances you give beforehand that you won't. Leave it at least 24 hours after the game before you post.
2. Do not, even after the event, post abusive personal comments about referees or imply that they are cheats.
3. If you must question their performance in a game, do so analytically, rather than emotionally. Don't just rant that they got it all wrong, because no one will listen or take you seriously, trust me on that, they really won't. Instead, describe what, in your view, they got wrong and how. If that means you have to think a bit harder before posting, or maybe even take notes during a game, so much the better because you'll probably begin to notice and - dare I begin to hope - appreciate how much they also get right. Referees, like players, are not infallible robots.
I've said enough now. Take it on board please, and don't spoil the forum for others by filling it with rants about referees and don't spoil it for yourself by getting banned from here as a result of carrying on doing so.
On this note, I'm locking this thread.