All roads led to west London on Sunday as table toppers Chelsea hosted perennial English champions Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Within 29 minutes of play, the Red Devils had put 2 pass Cech. A David Luiz own-goal and a Robin Van Pierse goal gave Manchester United the lead. A Juan Mata free kick restored some pride just before the break. Ramires headed in an Oscar cross in the second half to draw the Blues level.
Then, the drama began: Ivanovic got his marching orders as he tripped Ashley Young. Fernando Torres got on the end of a wrong questionable decision from referee Mark Clattenburg. United Johnny Evans had tripped Torres but Clatterburg adjoined him to have dived. A second booking was shown and thus an early bath for the Spaniard.
The drama was yet to be completed. With 2 men down, Chelsea held sway, but a Hernandez offside goal was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the sledge hammer that crumbled the Bridge.
Wrong decisions from Mark Clattenburg, adjoined to be the second best in England, and his assistants; I wonder if the FA favours the Red Devils because too many of this wrong decisions do them good.Clattenburg may face investigations following allegation of negative comments to Mikel Obi. Chelsea has filed a complaint to the FA
Other matches in the weekend had their share of bad and controversial officiating. Suarez had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby. He was even lucky to have a yellow for a red-card challenge. MikelArteta’s offside goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over QPR st the emirates.
The virus of bad officiating also surfaced in Italy as Juventus continued their unbeaten run to pip Catania 1-0. Catania scored a legitimate goal wrongly adjoined offside but Bendtner was offside before he assisted Juventus’ winning goal.
Controversy indeed, when will it stop? I guess never. Goal line technology and 2 extra linesmen by the goal may not be enough. Replays may be needed.
Enjoy your weekend.
Written By Amos Chibuzor