What started as an enthralling game of football between title contenders, Chelsea and Manchester United, rapidly spiralled out of control following the sending off of Fernando Torres. The controversy and allegations that followed all point to yet another pathetic saga involving the F.A. and police, that will run on for months.
Mark Clattenburg rightly showed Ivanovic a straight red for a challenge on Ashley Young in a goal scoring opportunity.
Minutes later he was called into action again when Evans controversially brought down Fernando Torres. Clatternburg could and should of the done the safe thing and not sent off Torres and simply waved play on, instead he essentially conceded the game to United. Ironically he could of give Torres a straight red on an earlier challenge on Tom Cleverly and perhaps that influenced his decision. But to make such a dangerous call when Chelsea were already down to 10 men is just stupidity.
He has clearly been paying attention to the Luis Suarez saga and wants to show he has no tolerance towards diving in football. For this I respect him as you have to make bold decisions in order for players to sit up and pay attention; but that should be reserved for when it is a guaranteed dive, and when they are trying gain a major advantage such as a red card or a penalty. A referee should always obey his common sense, which in this case should of just been play on.
Chelsea can rightly feel aggrieved for the string of decisions that went against them; but do they really need to be in the centre of yet another fiasco, which will certainly threaten their concentration and ultimately their title hopes. Their reputation is rapidly declining as it is, so a feeble attack on Mark Clatternburg with a selection of weak and unreliable evidence is not helping. If he is to be found guilty of racially abusing Mikel then of course that is unacceptable, and he will most likely be sacked. But it seems very hypocritical on Chelsea’s part as long as the guilty racist John Terry is still captain and goes apparently unpunished.
As for Clatternburg’s alleged threats towards the Chelsea players, it just seems like they are clutching at straws. The referee receives relentless abuse off everyone throughout the game and is understandably going to give some back. Unless the players are truly offended with the comments, they should be told to man-up and stop being sore losers. After all United will have both given it and taken it and they didn’t complain.
So Clatternburg is set to miss this weekends actions due to the media spotlight, and it’s a wise decision as the game football should always take priority over the referee in charge of it. Personally, I’m more concerned with his performance rather than the verbal allegations, so were he to get sacked or demoted it should be through lack of skill. As for Chelsea, unless Mikel was genuinely subject to racist abuse, they need to start focusing on the pitch and not what’s happening off it.