Newcastle boss Alan Pardew asked a very simple question after this game – why wasn’t David Luiz sent off after 4 minutes.
Andre Villas Boas and Alan Pardew at today’s game
Demba Ba was clean through on goal, and no other outfield player was within 10 yards of the play, and David Luiz brought down the Senegal striker a few yards outside the penalty box.
If it’s a foul it has to be a red card – or so the rules say.
But Dean pulled out a yellow card – why?
Alan Pardew told Sky Sports that Mike Dean had told him that Demba Ba did not have control of the ball so it was not a red-card offense – that’s the biggest load of cobblers I’ve heard in a long time.
Well we suppose it’s a better excuse than saying it was because it was the early kick off game – but Mike’s reason is just as wrong.
Ba was running through with the ball and he did have control of it.
This is what Alan said after the game:
“I am going to have to look at the rule book,” “It’s a sending-off, it’s as simple as that. It changed the game.”
“He’s in on goal and he brings him down. I do not understand the logic of referees when that happens.”
“I genuinely believe that the referee got that wrong.”
The stupidity of all of this is that Alan cannot argue too much against Dean’s decision,. because the Premier League will fine him – but who explains these daft referee decisions when David Luiz should have been sent off?
The answer is nobody.
What would have happened if Newcastle were playing against 10 men this afternoon after just 4 minutes?
Chelsea did play well this afternoon, and missed a lot of chances, although Newcastle goalkeeper made some fantastic saves once again, and even saved a penalty from Frank Lampard early in the first half.
Chelsea boss Andre Villa-Boas said the 3-0 victory was a massive result for the London side, and he even said Chelsea were lucky that David Luiz remained on the field of play:
“We have been treated unfairly for quite some time as well and maybe today the decision fell our way,” “I’m sure Alan will not be happy.”
Newcastle must now come back big time at Norwich City next Saturday, and we really need a win, but we have no idea how bad the injuries are to Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor, both of whom came off injured in this game.
The wheels may have come off the Newcastle bandwagon this afternoon.