Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sir Alex, Quit Your Yappin'

After Manchester United's 2-1 loss to Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Man Utd, criticized the referee, believing that Chelsea's David Luiz, should've been sent off; "You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway - and we didn't get that." From a neutral perspective, David Luiz, who was already booked with a yellow, should have gotten a second yellow and been sent off. Here is the foul in question:

Wayne Rooney had already passed the ball, and wanted to continue to run, but tripped over David Luiz, who wasn't quick enough to get out of the way. Despite the arguing of the Manchester players, the referee took no action against Luiz. Alex Ferguson would be completely correct in this situation normally, but in Manchester's previous match against Wigan, Rooney did this:

Following the match, Fergie reacted to the incident; "There is nothing in it." There's nothing in it? Rooney running by a player, far from the ball, and elbowing him in the face is "nothing". The ref seemed to agree, letting Wayne off with just a warning. Before you complain about refs Ferguson, remember, you're lucky that Rooney was lucky to even be playing at Stamford Bridge. Ferguson simply got a taste of his own medicine, and now, because he complained, is facing a 2 match touchline ban, meaning he's going to be sitting in the stands.

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