Referee decisions are premeditated at Den – Millwall keeper

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

DAVID Forde believes referees are so determined to be "strong" when they take charge of games at The Den that their decisions are biased against Millwall.

The Lions' 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday was the result of a highly-contentious penalty – the eighth spot kick that has been awarded against the South Londoners this season.

And after the game Forde joined manager Ian Holloway in criticising Durham official Geoff Eltringham, who adjudged that Danny Shittu had bundled over Jesse Lingard inside the area.



The goalkeeper feels referees are influenced before they arrive in SE16 by their expectation of an intimidating atmosphere and a determination to be fair to the away side.

He said: "People think you are paranoid when you talk about Millwall and referees.

"But they come to The Den and they are told it is quite a hard place to referee and they end up going the other way.



"I think it is premeditated and their decisions are influenced before they even get here."

Forde added: "I think it was a very soft penalty.

"I didn't see any of their players appeal for it. I think he has had a bad touch, it has gone out of play, he has slowed down and Danny ran into the back of him.

"Then he has just given that really soft penalty. The referee was very poor.

"We can be very bitter I suppose but that's the way it has been going the last few weeks.

"We are not getting that lucky break and that is what happens when you are at the bottom – you don't get those decisions.

"We are playing very well and I thought we were the better side again. It is hard when teams come here, they score, they sit back and we struggle to break them down.

"Jermaine Easter had a great chance to equalise but the defender deflected it onto the bar. I think if one goes in there is only one team that is going to win.

"But fair play to Brighton, I think they have had the most clean sheets this year so that has been the story of their success.

"They've been scoring the odd goal and keeping a lot of clean sheets."

Forde added that Millwall's players took heart from the backing of the home fans despite another defeat.

"At Millwall you can tell by the crowd reaction," he said. "They stood up after the game and gave us a good reception afterwards which is a good indicator here.

"If you're not putting it in and the work-rate isn't correct they are the first to let you know. They saw the lads' application, the way we applied ourselves and the shift we put in.

"The manager has instilled a lot into the team and we are getting there. We are nearly there and some team is going to be on the end of a big win one day.

"We've just got to keep persevering but we still have a lot of belief we will be okay."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

29 thoughts on “Referee decisions are premeditated at Den – Millwall keeper

  • March 3, 2014 at 09:10
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    its b****cks the fa are clearly involved , the refs are the worst i have ever seen at millwall this season. i know we aint helping ourselves by not being able to score but come on we are playing against 12 week in week out.

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    • March 3, 2014 at 10:48
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      @pshields: it's not just us that get these poor decisions, the one against Yeovil for Reading was another joke, and Suarez left his leg sticking out just so it would catch the defender, premier teams have been cheating for years(Ronaldo ect) and now it's filtering down to the lower leagues I don't think it was a coincidence that Lingard was on loan from Man U they must send their players to night school to learn cheating, so all in all the refs are poor but they are being conned left right and centre,I hope Millwall don't sink to these rotten tactics.

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      • March 3, 2014 at 15:54
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        @wandererwall: how can we resort to cheating? Our players get booked for diving when it is a genuine foul. We will end up with no one left on the pitch if we tried to fake a foul and probably end up with a massive fine for failing to control our players.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 09:16
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    Totally agree, had some proper bad ones this season, they come to the den thinking i"ll show these fans I won't be intimidated by their reputation!
    In the process of emailing the FA about the ref on Saturday as I believe he was gay and was a Brighton fan !!!!!

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  • March 3, 2014 at 09:30
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    I get the moaning of having a poor ref yet again but we should have scored at least twice on sat thus winning the game. That's where the real problem lies.

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    • March 3, 2014 at 10:21
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      @lionking: Who's to say if we had of scored he would of allowed it? I think these referees - if they can be called that - make these decisions to try and incite our lot in to doing something we'll all regret. I’m convinced that was the intention of the ref and his two side-kicks the night we played Sheffield Wednesday.

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    • March 3, 2014 at 11:36
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      @lionking: Real that is true, by not scoring they are not taking the pressure off the back 4 and what has the strickers coach upto all this time, not heard much either from Bomber or ollie about it, as this is even more vital than ever over the next 5 or 6 weeks that we score goals draws wont keep us up.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 09:46
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    we always have this problem with refs at home .it clearly was not a pen.but we did not do enough to score either .if we are going to stay up we have to win our games at home simple as.our stikers have to start to hit the target.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 09:55
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    We won't do much either when we don't use wingers there's not much service down the flanks and the strikers don't put In a hard shift . We can blame refs all day long a game last 90 min so hard work and putting in a hard shift fighting to the final whistle

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  • March 3, 2014 at 10:01
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    As far as I can remember we have never had a Ref favour a Millwall side, but if we can score some goals we wont have to worry about the inadequate Refs. Hope the priority at training this morning is a session on finishing in front of goal or to put it more simply how to shoot straight.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 10:17
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    Fair play to all the fans that gave them a good reception as they walked off.
    We are guaranteed to be relegated if we dont stick together.
    By supporting the team and manager we still have a chance of getting out of this mess.
    42 points to play for.

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    • March 3, 2014 at 11:46
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      @wall2wall: spot on wall, keep on talkin the boys up at every opportunity. I've got a gd feelin bout this weekend.

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      • March 3, 2014 at 11:53
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        @grassgrower:
        I know I keep saying it grassgrower but one win will change everything. We just need it in the next 2 games. Get that and we will be up and running and the players will get some confidence back.
        Hope your right about this weekend.

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        • March 3, 2014 at 12:14
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          @wall2wall: nobody goes out to lose, confidence is everything and 1 cracking drive from the edge of the box could start an avalanche of goals in weeks to come. Seems like so many attempts and wayward shots lately but hope the floodgates open soon ( at our end) gd luck and keep singin mate.

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          • March 3, 2014 at 12:21
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            @grassgrower:
            Cheers grassgrower.
            Nice to know your flying the Millwall flag on the other side of the world.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 10:18
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    39 points to play for.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 10:23
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    The club must have enough evidence to take to the FA to demonstrate that this is not just paranoia.

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    • March 3, 2014 at 11:28
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      Agreed, they need to show the fa every dodgy penalty given against us, ask them why we don't get any given for us, and accuse them of bias against us, why make their life easy put pressure on them.
      This is a result of last years Wembley fiasco, the fa do not want us in the Championship. That said we do need to put the ball in the net and if we don't then it's easy for these so called referees to give a dodgy penalty, or wave away one for us.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 10:28
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    Definitely an element of truth in this, although the F A would never admit to it. Unfortunately we just have to get on with it and fight for the remainder of the season and stay up. They will not like that.

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    • March 3, 2014 at 11:23
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      @harry2310: Exactly right Harry, really hope we can weather the storm this season and stay up, coz I believe if Ollie gets a pre season under his belt- we'll be force to be reckoned with next season... and that would be the best way to stick it to these dirty, corrupt, 2bob, pieces of f**king stinking sh*t that call themselves refs.... F**K EM ALLLLLL!

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        • March 3, 2014 at 19:05
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          @grassgrower: You should've seen me on Saturday! Haven't felt the need to run down the front of the stand in a very long time- but there I was, jumping up and down and spouting abuse like a deranged ape...
          Absolutely shocking decision.
          It'd be interesting to go back over the season to see just many points we've lost in total, due to refs poor decisions... I estimate maybe 15-20pts...???

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  • March 3, 2014 at 10:31
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    Not all the refs are second alass we've had a couple from the prem..& for some reason they have been equally bad if not worse...forde i make you rite...fink the FA are behind it ..not being paraniod..c

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  • March 3, 2014 at 10:53
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    I agree with Fordey's point

    No one likes us.... We don't care - erm I'm starting to care a bit nowadays

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  • March 3, 2014 at 10:58
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    I completely agree but I do think we also need to score which at the moment ain't happening

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  • March 3, 2014 at 11:09
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    We've been robbed of '6' points from the games against brighton- both times due to poor refereeing. Anyone remember Dunney getting sent off?? 1 yellow for time wasting on a throw-in... 2nd yellow for a soft standing challenge..... CORRUPT C**TS!!!!!!!!
    p.s. As I said yesterday - SIGN FORDEY UP!! COYL.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 12:54
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    Forde's right about the ref's we get. If the ref on Saturday was fair why didn't he book the cheat that is Keith Andrews. Other than the three officals, who didn't see him throw himself to the floor when he backed into a Millwall player (can't remember who), then get up when he didn't get the foul look around and hope that no-one saw it. The penalty was a joke but its just the latest on a long list of bad decisions.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 13:35
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    It's no good moaning on here, we all agree we are getting poor or in some cases no decisions from the officials so why not send a copy of the Brighton game to the FA and ask for their comments on the lack of the refs fair play performance. It should make them squirm with embarrassment to give an answer and then, with what we expect their answer to be, we can all see what a joke the FA really are. After all we all know what the FA stands for....... F**k All which is what they will do.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 20:07
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    totally agree with cavan lion do as I done write to the spineless twits that run our football if we continue to complain they will have to listen look at there organisation with our semi final last year with the kick off time.years ago down at the old den refs and linos got sorted out with violence sometimes, norman the book Kendal one name who got a proper slap after walking out in to the street thinking he was untouchable after a diabolical display of refereeing. I can see it happening again.

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