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By Ref Reviewer 04
For the game between Chelsea and Swansea we had ref Mike Dean in charge.
|6||OTHER||Monk||Ramirez||NC||Kick on the’ ankle||0||0|
|9||OTHER||Ramires||Britton||C||Frontal tackle on the floor||1||1|
|12||OTHER||Sinclair||Mikel||C||Trip from behind||1||1|
|20||OTHER||Meireles||Rangel||NC||Didn’t see much wrong||0||0|
|21||OTHER||Torres||Britton||C||Trip from behind||1||1|
|31||OFFSIDE||Mata||NC||He was level so wrong decision||0||0|
|32||OTHER||Monk||Torres||C||Blocked his run without the ball||1||1|
|33||OTHER||Mata||Rangel||C||Pulled his shirt||1||1|
|33||YELLOW||Mata||NC||This was just a small pull in a not dangerous position. Not really worth a yellow card||0||0|
|35||OFFSIDE||Anelka||C||Came back from offside||1||1|
|38||OTHER||Mata||Britton||NC||Foul on defender always stop play ref||0||0|
|39||OTHER||Torres||Gower||C||Torres launches himself two feets in a frontal tackle, studs showing||1||1|
|39||RED||Torres||C||Durng the tackle Torres even changed the angle of his feet by lifting his feet to shin hight. Lucky gowen was not fully hit on the shin. Ref had no option to give a red card||1||3|
|49||OTHER||Lita||Ivanovic||C||Push in the back||1||1|
|54||YELLOW||Dyer||C||Possible promising attack||1||2|
|60||OTHER||Allen||Anelka||C||Advantage given – Anelka shoots against the crossbarr||1||1|
|74||OFFSIDE||Routledge||NC||Level with the last defender||0||0|
|75||YELLOW||Monk||NC||Not much going on at the halfway line and not a real bad foul. No need for a card.||0||0|
|78||OTHER||Mikel||Sinclair||C||Trip from behind||1||1|
|81||OTHER||Malouda||Rangel||C||Clipped his foot when trying to pass the ball||1||1|
|84||OTHER||Bosingwa||Sinclair||C||Little push in the back||1||1|
|86||OTHER||Cole||Routledge||C||Pull and trip||1||1|
|86||YELLOW||Cole||C||Promising attack this time||1||2|
|89||OTHER||Drogba||C||Pulling the shirt||1||1|
|93||YELLOW||Mikel||NC||Not much going on at the halfway line and not a real bad foul. No need for a card.||0||0|
|2nd half score|
|Correct calls||For Chelsea||22||55,00%|
|Total correct calls||40|
|Wrong calls||Against Chelsea||5||62,50%|
The second half of the ref was better than the first half in this game.
Most talked about was the sending off and I can agree with the ref on his decision. Torres launched himself and his studs where showing towards the shin of the Swansea player. This was very dangerous and if the Swansea player would have found his foot stuck in the ground it could have caused a broken leg. So a red card was the only correct card for this.
For the rest I thought he gave a few soft yellow cards. Two against Chelsea and certainly the Mata one was soft. Certainly if you think that in the second half on almost the same spot a Swansea player did the same on Drogba and no card was produced. Consistency…
But a good score from the ref on all numbers that matter in this game apart from his distribution of yellow cards.
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