Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Try to Get It Right, but This Was Foy's Folly

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Try to Get It Right, but This Was Foy's Folly

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THIS might surprise my few friends and I'm sure to be accused of joining the refbashing brigade, but Chris Foy's performance officiating the Chelsea-City draw at Stamford Bridge was poor. Very poor.

It is tough getting it right even 95 per cent of the time - and I should know turning out at least twice a week in and around Greater Manchester refereeing amateur matches, although in my case it's rare to have trained assistants (linesmen) never mind fourth officials keeping rival managers under control. Foy, who must have received horrendous feedback from the match assessor, was badly wrong on three occasions. Two non-decisions were so glaringly obvious I found myself agreeing with the so-smug Alan Shearer and Peter Schmeichel, the BBC Match of the Day pundits, who, of course, have seen as many replays as they want. The third glaring error was the booking for Mario Balotelli for diving when he had clearly been blocked by Chelsea defender David Luiz - although from a ref's point of view that was all about interpretation and making a split-second decision under enormous pressure so it can be excused. The other two cannot for they were clear and should have been dealt with under the laws of the game.

Torres kicking the ball away and into the advertising hoardings after a decision went against him was dissent and therefore a caution. Then the one that really infuriated everyone was the blatant shirt pulling by Luiz when manof-the-match Vincent Kompany came up for a corner. The City defender must have thought shirt- swapping time had come early but the fact is he couldn't compete for the ball. It was a penalty, and the sooner refs appreciate that the quicker it will stop.

An alternative course of action is to warn the players gathering for the corner that you are on their case and will take appropriate action for holding, blocking and shirt tugging.

That usually does the trick for me. The stalemate was probably a fair result and it shows how far City have come that the manager was upset with his strikeforce - and felt it was two points lost in what is fast emerging as another all-Manchester race for the title. So why raise the issue of Foy's folly? …

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