(Image) Is Man United vs Arsenal Referee Michael Oliver Guilty Of Double Standards With Regards to Angel Di Maria Red Card?

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Michael Oliver is one of the promising referees in the division.

Referee Michael Oliver was praised highly for his performance in the FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Man United at Old Trafford after controlling the game maturely given his tender age.

Oliver has been repeatedly named as the most promising referees in England and his refusal to buckle under the pressure, as the crowd at Man United tried their best to influence the decisions, was admirable.

The decision which was the most highlighted was Angel di Maria’s red card with the Argentine receiving two yellow cards in quick succession, one for a dive and another for his subsequent reaction.

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Di Maria grabbed Oliver’s shirt in frustration and was sent for an early bath, but this isn’t the first time the referee has been involved in a physical confrontation with a Premier League player.

Manchester City’s Joe Hart escaped punishment for seemingly head-butting Olivier during the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium earlier on in the season.

Consistency is one of the attributes many believe referees in the Premier League lack with rules up for differing interpretations, but physical contact on an official should be dealt with equally.

Spot the difference below:

Michael Oliver - Joe Hart2


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