Date: 16th May 2009 at 5:05pm
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Newcastle United slipped back into the relegation zone after Howard Webb, the FA’s ‘best referee’ had a shambolic day in front of a packed St. James’ Park crowd.

In addition to disallowing a Mark Viduka goal which commentators described as ‘hugely harsh’ and ‘unfortunate’, the referee also sent-off Sebastien Bassong in a match which pretty much summed up United’s dismal season.

Relegation is a more than likely result, but the question remains, should the FA develop a system whereby they can scrutinize and punish referees for their downright negligent decision-making?

Its sad that there are so many ‘respect the referees’ campaigns in Europe today, but none that apply to the fans, or the players.

One bad decision, and a player is shown a red card and sentenced to a three-match ban, but referees are allowed to get away with anything?

The FA is urged to review this matter, and take into account not just decisions in the game, or the instant referee, but all referees and develop a rule, or a principle whereby wrong decisions, and biased calls are reviewed, and in effect punished.