Life was good. Bayern Munich had just beaten Arminia Bielefeld 4-1, and every other big club in Europe lost or dropped points. Us fans were looking forward to the team facing Atletico Madrid in Champions League for the first big test of the new season.
Then this happened.
UEFA have confirmed that English referee Michael Oliver, the hero of the Merseyside derby, will be officiating the game between Bayern Munich and Diego Simeone’s men. Cue a whole host of negative reactions, as documented under @iMiaSanMia’s tweet:
English referee Michael Oliver will officiate Wednesday's Champions League game between FC Bayern and Atlético Madrid. pic.twitter.com/3IyBA60MaA— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) October 19, 2020
This has to be a joke, right? English refs are awful, Premier League fans can’t stand them. The last time an English ref officiated a Bayern game, it was Anthony Taylor in the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla, and he was terrible. These guys are utterly incapable of protecting the players, they ignore rough challenges and yellow card offenses for no reason, and none of them have the slightest clue on how to use VAR — as evidenced by its farcical implementation in England.
Oliver himself was in charge of the Merseyside derby, which saw Everton get away with tonnes of dirty play against Liverpool. Jordan Pickford’s horrific scissor tackle on Virgil van Dijk went totally unpunished, with the weak excuse that the Dutchman was in an offside position (note: that is NOT how the laws of the game work). Van Dijk now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to an ACL injury, as a direct result of that tackle.
Now, given that Atletico are world-renowned for being a physical (read: dirty) team, this does not bode well for Hansi Flick and his fragile little squad. Just wait until Jan Oblak RKO’s Robert Lewandowski in the penalty box, and the ref waves play on. Honestly, this is a disaster. We might now have to do the unthinkable, and maybe unleash Choupo-Moting on the unsuspecting Spaniards. It’s a harsh reality, but it will need to be done. We don’t want to lose half our squad because an English buffoon doesn’t know how football works.
This update carries zero news, but apparently someone from the Daily Mail reads us? Thanks to servus_gb in the comments section, I found out that they quoted us in their article. Too bad they didn’t link back to our site though ...