For me there is enough evidence that there are individual referees who will officiate our games differently to how they would for other teams and in general there are other rules for other clubs than there are for us.
Even if it’s just that whole, ‘Harry Kane hasn’t had a lot of cards so I won’t give him one for that tackle’ - well, we don’t have a single player who that applies to. If in doubt, they will give the card, while other teams can hack our our players for 98 minutes and get nothing.
No yellow for Saka yesterday for diving, Salah would probably have got one.
Speaking of Salah, well, we all know how many free kicks he wins even when players are literally hanging off him.
Virgil’s extra game ban for swearing, but nothing for Haaland. No action for that linesman elbowing Robertson. John Terry getting half the ban of Suarez for ‘racism’.
For the Club World Cup, United were allowed to ditch the FA Cup, City had no games, while we had to play two games in two days in different continents.
VAR is not used consistently across games and nobody is asking why.
Anyway. I don’t think these things add up to an actual secret cabal, envelopes under the table , organized vendetta. But there is stark evidence that EITHER some specific refs have it out for us and shouldn’t be allowed near our games OR some specific refs are consistently shit at their job and shouldn’t be allowed near our games.
For the rest of it, I’m not sure, is it jealousy of our dominance in the 70s/80s,? has it grown from the lies that the s*n was allowed to tell for so long?is it modern day xenophobia that Rafa, Klopp and Salah get treated differently to British managers/players? Is it a perfect storm of all of the above and then some?
And it’s perfectly set up so that anytime someone speaks out against it…“oH iTs nEVar yoUrE faUlt!!£”
I don’t believe that it’s across the board because as you say, we wouldn’t have won or even got close to winning if there was a real actual organized agenda against us. Sadly these days, with City’s money, it only takes a couple of refs with a beef against us to rob us of a couple of wins and that is enough to leave us short at the end of the season.