I think we had plenty of dodgy refs and linesmen in the old days. I remember jokers in the crowd regularly commenting on the officials' eyesight, amongst other things.
As you well know Kenty, in our youth we had to watch the matches in daylight (no floodlights) and there was often a bit of smog around to make things worse. I remember games when you could barely see one end of the pitch from the other. There were no video replays, broadcasters were unwilling to openly criticise officials, and I don't think we had pundits in the studio going over every aspect of a game. Managers didn't hold press conferences after matches either.
Consequently the refs' mistakes were soon glossed over, and usually nobody could prove whether a decision was right or wrong.
Refs are probably fitter and better trained today than before, but the pressures on them are much greater. However, I do feel it is wrong that managers are punished if - having seen their side robbed of points by a blatantly unfair decision - they dare to criticise the officials. I know refs have to be given respect, otherwise there would be anarchy, but managers get fined for their comments even when the authorities know that the ref got it wrong.
Scoring disabled. You must be logged in to score posts.