Friday, April 20, 2012

John Brewin: Atkinson must regain quick perspective

Sunday's teatime FA Cup semi-final saw Martin Atkinson achieve the type of infamy that referees probably fear most. Atkinson's copybook has already been blotted by his part in awarding Clint Hill's goal that never was, and the fudging of Mario Balotelli's vile hack at Alex Song, but this was an error set to enter Tottenham legend. That a huge terrestrial audience looked on as Atkinson gave the Juan Mata goal that never should have been compounded the misery.

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