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Today’s referee is Kevin Friend –
|MATCH REVIEW DETAILS – Kevin Friend (2012-05-08)|
|6||OTHER||Ferriera||Carroll||C||Could have been a yellow for the trip||4|
|14||OTHER||Ferriera||Suarez||C||Going with the Ref||4|
|20||YELLOW||Terry||C||easy one, he pulled him back after being nutmegged||2|
|24||GOAL||Henderson||C||JT Slips again a la RVP at the Bridge||3|
|31||OTHER||Sturridge||Agger||N/C||Jumped into the man in the air, nothing given||1|
|43||RED||Essien||N/C||Decisions don’t get easier than this,or worse than the decision to give a yellow. Essien literally jumped onto Carrolls Calf with all his studs showing and both feet well off the air. It was brutish thuggery, and to make matters worse the Ref was in full||3|
|45||PENALTY||Ivanovich||Carroll||C||Ivanovich holds him off, placing his arm across his chest, Carrollis fouled, and falls to the ground covering his face in a farcical manner, it is the Sergio Busquets syndrome I think.||3|
|45||YELLOW||Ivanovich||C||Ref was entitled to caution||2|
|51||OTHER||Carragher||Torres||N/C||Push in back missed||1|
|58||OTHER||Torres||Downing||N/C||Ref got this all wrong, Torres was no where near the ball||1|
|64||YELLOW||Henderson||C||A bit harsh, but again Ref was entitled to caution||2|
|70||YELLOW||Agger||C||Scissor challenge good decision ref||2|
|77||RED||Suarez||N/C||Suarez in attempting to pull Ivanovich back did a fore arm smash into his face, it may have been accidental, but that does not matter, the attempted pull was deliberate, and the smash into the face of Ivanovich was the result. The Refwas unsighted and it||3|
|79||OTHER||Ramirez||Liverpool||N/C||He made good contact with the ball, but was penalised||1|
This was the game following the FA cup final, and prior to the CL Final. Liverpool were out for revenge and got it. Chelsea rested those to star in Munich; this meant that JT and Ivanovich played. Oh how pleased Chelsea must have been that they were not available for Munich, for Andy Carroll gave them both a torrid time. That is Torrid time not Torres time. Torres was once again absent from duty. So too was JT, a game he will want to forget. Ivanovich gave away a silly penalty from a position where he was the right side of Carroll. RDM on the sidelines must have been thinking thank god for the suspensions.
Kevin Friend was the Ref and he did OK. But oh how I wish he had sent of Essien for a crude and dangerous challenge on Andy Carroll. He had a good view as Essien jumped onto Carrolls Calf with all of his studs showing. It was one of those challenges Essien makes every now and then, and you think, how did he get away with that. The Suarez incident was understandable; Friend would not have seen the forearm smash into Ivanovichs face, but that too was crude and Suarez would have had no complaints had he walked.
Apart from that it was an outstanding performance, keeping what was a tempestuous affair under good control with good use of cards and communication with players.
On second thoughts of course Suarez would have complained. silly me.
|COMPETENCY SUMMARY – Kevin Friend (2012-05-08)|
|Period 1||Called||Total||Correct %|
|Period 2||Called||Total||Correct %|
A very nice score all in all for the ref in this game.
|BIAS SUMMARY – Kevin Friend (2012-05-08)|
|Correct For Weighted||27||62.79||16||37.21||43|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||6||100.00||0||0.00||6|
|Correct For Weighted||5||21.74||18||78.26||23|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||1||16.67||5||83.33||6|
|Correct For Weighted||32||48.48||34||51.52||66|
|Incorrect Against Weighted||7||58.33||5||41.67||12|
Not that many wrong calls in this game and rather even spread amongst both teams.