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Carlton Cole foe to referee Hammers

stuart-atwell_1361061cStuart Attwell has been announced as the Premier League referee for West Ham’s trip to Turf Moor this Saturday and the man in black hasn’t officiated the Hammers since the fateful day in 2009 when he wrongly dismissed Carlton Cole.

As a young 26-year-old graduate he sent off the former Hammer in a Wednesday night game against Wigan. At the time Wigan boss Steve Bruce criticised Attwell, declaring “I don’t think Mr Attwell is quite ready to step up to the plate.”

Bruce commented after the referee sent off West Ham striker Carlton Cole – a decision so harsh that even Bruce, the opposing manager, objected. Attwell is the referee who awarded Reading their ‘phantom goal’ at Watford in 2008 when the ball crossed the line three yards outside the post. He is also the referee who, six weeks later, disallowed two perfectly reasonable goals for Derby, whose then manager Paul Jewell accused him of “ruining” the game.

Let’s hope he has improved his skills in the last eight years since he refereed a West Ham match.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Carlton Cole foe to referee Hammers

  1. Well if we get a phantom goal i wont complain about it, he can also wrongly send off as many Burnley players as he wants and as long as we win and keep 11 players on the field thats ok x

  2. Anthony Taylor definitely takes the biscuit as the worst Referee ever, sending Carlton off against Everton, realising he’d made a mistake and then sending Darren Gibson off for Everton to even it up. Both dismissals getting subsequently rescinded and Anthony Taylor going merrily on with his refereeing career making umpteen mistakes since!

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