Although it may sound like the typical cliche, the refereeing decisions suffered by Real Murcia over the last 3 years cannot be decribed as normal. I can understand that during 07/08 in Primera we were just a referee's plaything, to be used and abused to correct any statistics the ref in question needed to balance, it is less understandable in segunda, where Real Murcia are the leader in finishing first and promotions. So it's quite incredible that in segunda B we still get a raw deal.
What is behind this? There are conspiracy theories. A few seasons ago, Real Murcia decided to unilaterally negociate their own TV deal, and this upset the League, who (in the person of Javier Tebas, currently vice-president) took Real Murcia to court. The Tebas - Samper relationship is terrible - and despite Samper's Santa Monica company holding rights to the national side's advertising (and being Euro and World Cup winners must have Santa Monica raking it in), Tebas seems to hold more influence, and the conspiracy theory goes that we (or Samper personally) are being punished.
The club have remained strangely silent whilst all the inexplicable decisions went against us. The attitude seems to be "don't rock the boat". They may or may not be shenanigans going on, but, as they say in Spain...."el que no llora, no mama" (something like "a baby that doesn't cry, gets no milk"). And except the 5 or so games we had Juan Guillamon as president (ahem....5 wins), no comment has been made in public.
Cue the miniature Hitler that came to distribute justice on Saturday at the New Condo. Samper had the following to say :
"I am not going to protest in any way to the federation about the referee, as referees are human. I only ask that they (the refs) don't feel frightened by the scenario. I am worried by the protagonism that they want to have. We are in segunda B even though we have a first division stadium. they should referee as they see the game"
About the fans he said that :
"I am perplexed that some have jumped from their seats. I don't know if they are used to it and think we are going to win every game. Since we are in this division we have to be humble. That they are angry I respect, but I am surprised that they have started shouting at us first off".
So some comment about the referee - but very decafinated, very typical of the way Samper likes to do things (and there we are in Segunda B). What I would give for a hot headed full bloodied nutcase, thumping the table and threatening to withdraw the side. It works for everyone else. This is Spain....histrionics and theatre go a long way. It's too late now, but some spittle and clenched fists could have saved us from relegation.
Photo : Lawyer Javier Tebas......conspiracy theorists think he may be behind our "bad luck" with referees.