Coates was left angered by recent decisions in matches against Newcastle and Spurs, the former resulting in an official complaint made against Martin Atkinson. Coates is unlikely to follow suit on this occasion in the wake of Anthony Taylor’s performance during Sunday’s 5-3 defeat to Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium. “If you remember, Brendan Rodgers was rather annoyed not to get a penalty recently,” added Coates. “He made a big play of it and the media made a big play of it, so you do wonder if it crosses the referee’s mind. “I am not accusing referees of cheating, just acting subconsciously under various different pressures.” Press Association Stoke chairman Peter Coates has accused the Premier League’s top referees of big-club bias after again falling victim to the latest perceived injustice. But he has made his feelings plain after seeing Raheem Sterling appear to dive to win a penalty that gave Liverpool a 3-2 lead after Stoke had clawed their way back into the game from a 2-0 deficit. “The game changes when the referee gives a penalty for the merest of touches. The player dived,” said Coates, speaking to The Sentinel. “There was also a handball by Sterling before the penalty, one the linesman didn’t see, and that is a game changer. “We are again victims of poor refereeing and I am sick of it. We had it against Newcastle and Tottenham, and now Liverpool. “You get fed up with it because these are big decisions that affect the games you play in, so you are bound to get very upset by it. “It is well known that the big clubs, especially at home, but often away too, get the big shouts. “I am not questioning any referee’s integrity, it’s human nature. It’s always been like that and it never changes.” Coates believes previous comments from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers about decisions that went against his own team in games with Chelsea and Manchester City may have played a part in Taylor’s thinking.
Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Government to restore local democracy in towns across Ireland by creating a new balanced town council system.Senator O DomhnaillHe was responding to Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Questions which reveal that a new group has been established to review Local Government changes.Parliamentary Questions from have revealed a new Government review group has been established to investigate whether Town councils should be restored, just 12 months after their abolition. Senator O Domhnaill said “The creation of a review group just 12 months into the new system shows that the Government is having second thoughts about Phil Hogan’s attack on local democracy. We need a more coherent approach to local government reform that brings power back to communities.”“The original government reforms reduced the number of Councillors without handing real power to ordinary citizens, making Ireland the most centralised county in the Western World. As a result Ireland is sliding towards a serious democratic deficit, failing to live up to the EU principle of subsidiarity and alienating citizens from the process of Government.”“This flies in the face of the promises made by Fine Gael to “confront the traditional, centralised top down approach” and “restore power to local government” making them “more relevant to the communities they serve”. It also stands in direct contradiction to Labour’s pre-election promise in their manifesto to “return accountability to elected Councillors”.“The Government is taking the first steps to row back on last year’s deeply damaging abolition of town councils. Fianna Fáil has consistently called for real reform across national and local government and we have published detailed policy documents setting out our vision. The Government needs to take this on board and start to implement genuine political change rather than the slash and burn approach taken to date.” GOVT ROWING BACK ON DISASTROUS DECISION TO ABOLISH TOWN COUNCILS – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLtown councils