So, did Chris Smalling do a foul? Was the ref rubbish?
Let the battle with the Premier League copyright solicitors begin…
That’s made things a bit more interesting, hasn’t it? It looked as though Man Utd were going to romp and steamroller their way to a win in the first-half – probably the best they’ve played all season, before a David Luiz goal and a controversial penalty (?) gave Chelsea all three points.
Spoiler HQ has been alive with debate this morning, and it’s literally split 50/50 between our 103 employees as to whether or not Chris Smalling fouled Yuri Zhirkov for the penalty given by Martin Atkinson (it’s at around 14 mins on the vid)…
The penalty wasn’t the only thing that Sir Alex Ferguson was upset about. Here’s a rant:
“You hope you get a really strong referee in games like this. It was a major game for both clubs and you want a fair referee, you know … You want a strong referee, anyway, and we didn’t get that.
“I don’t know why he’s got the game. I must say that, when I saw who was refereeing it, I feared the worst. [The penalty was] so soft.
“I don’t know how [Luiz] is on the pitch. Even before that first foul on Rooney he’d done Chicharito off the ball, late. Nothing’s done and the referee’s in front of it. He’s then done Rooney, clear as day, and he’s six yards from him. Doesn’t do anything.
“These decisions change the game, and he’s going to be refereeing every week. I was proud of my players. They’ve endured a lot of decisions against them, they’ve carried themselves through it, done their best, created chances with good football, and didn’t deserve that.
“If Chelsea keep getting decisions like tonight, it could change everything. They got a lot of decisions in a major game and that surprised me. It’s been three years in a row now down here. It’s hard to take.”
Maybe Fergie should compare notes with Roberto Martinez about referees’ inability to send players off and present their case to the Premier League?
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