Gary Lineker believes that Jamie Vardy’s extended ban for his outburst at the referee has set a precedent (via The Sun), and has called for Mesut Özil to face a similar ban for disrespecting the referee during our 1-0 win over Norwich.
Right near the end of what proved to be another frustrating game, Özil was booked for a high boot. He clearly wasn’t happy with the decision, and threw his hands up in the air showing his disapproval, as well as turning his back on the referee before the yellow card was brandished.
The referee was forced to chase after the German playmaker, blowing his whistle to get his attention. Lineker claims that kind of disrespect deserves a ban, and has called for more consistency with refereeing.
Following the Vardy precedent I guess Özil will get a ban for disrespecting the referee.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 30, 2016
While consistency among referees is certainly something we want to see more of, these incidents aren’t exactly the same. Jamie Vardy appeared to direct a few choice words at the referee during their encounter, while Özil simply walked away and ignored the whistle.
It’s possible that Özil was simply oblivious to the fact that he was about to get a yellow, as he didn’t even feel it should have been a foul in the first place. It did seem like there was a real air of petulance about his behaviour though, which was disappointing to see.
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He’s clearly frustrated at the way we’ve been performing recently, and understandably so. We’ve been downright poor recently, and our displays against the smaller teams have been disgraceful. We were arguably lucky to get all three points against Norwich, and if we start the next season as we’re finishing this one it will be a disaster.
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Özil obviously hasn’t been banned, so the Leicester City fan’s words have fallen on deaf ears. It would be a farce if these sorts of incidents were hit with bans, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see change to the way referees do their jobs.