I will say at the outset that this isn't me defending bad refereeing decisions. I will defend referees against armchair experts who often are wrong. Often commentators seem to defend the actions of players breaking one or more laws. The commentators and the players should know the laws - if they don't, then why are they there? Surely a team doesn't want points scored against them caused by penalties. The referee doesn't make the infringements. Perhaps a solution to the number of free-kicks and penalties would be for the players not to infringe (I know, what a crazy idea). BTW this thread doesn't deserve smart-arse responses: this is an important subject.