The refereeing agenda against Granit Xhaka is real.
When Jacob Ramsey committed a season challenge, from behind, with no intention of playing a ball, he was only booked. Granit Xhaka would’ve been sent off.
When Tyrone Mings clattered into Bukayo Saka and drew blood, he was only booked. Granit Xhaka would have been sent off.
Ashley Young twice clattered into Bukayo Saka. Both “lazy” attempts to challenge for the ball. He was not booked.
Then Xhaka committed a minor foul deep inside Villa’s half, the Villa player shoved Xhaka and Xhaka responded with a light touch on his opponent’s chest. Xhaka was booked whilst the Villa player jogged off. Neither should have been a booking but once the referee decided to book Xhaka for his push, he should have also booked the Villa player.
Shortly after Xhaka’s yellow, Matty Cash went studs up on Emile Smith Rowe. No booking. In the 2nd half he made no attempt to play the ball and clipped the same player. Still no yellow.
I am still confused as to what Xhaka received his yellow for.
It is becoming clear and obvious that referees are making decisions based on Xhaka’s “reputation” rather than his actions.
If you want to see the agenda against Xhaka in full, you only need to compare Arsenal’s two central midfielders.
Xhaka – 1 yellow every 3 fouls
Partey – 1 yellow every 10 fouls
Two players, playing in a similar position, for the same club. The difference is incredible.
Xhaka has committed just 20 fouls in the Premier League this season. That is not even in the top 50 for most fouls committed by a player.
Referees seem intent on destroying Xhaka’s career. He deserves answers from the PGMOL. But he won’t get any because they do not like to be questioned.
It feels like Xhaka is not allowed to react, not allowed to show any emotion. Any complaint by him, and reaction, leads to him going straight into the book.
Meanwhile we see other players exhibit the same behaviour and referees just ignore them.
The refereeing agenda against Xhaka is real.