How many times can a particular referee and Chelsea's differences be put down to a mere coincidence, asks Babajide Alaka.
I am not one to pick on match officials but for the case of Chris Foy and his inept decisions that have caused Chelsea Fc pain over the last two seasons – I will break that rule.
When an incident happens more than once, it is no more a coincidence. Foy was in charge of that game against Queen Park Rangers on October 23, 2011 at Loftus Road and no one, especially Chelsea fans will forget that soft penalty and the red card to Jose Bosingwa. When a like incident occurred between David Luiz and Heidar Helguson, he chose to ignore and that was a point when Chelsea were down to nine men.
Former Chelsea coach, Andre Villas-Boas said a "very poor" display from Foy influenced the club’s defeat. Two Chelsea players were sent off and seven yellow carded.
"The ref was poor - very, very poor. And it was reflected in the result. I spoke to him at the end and I was very aggressive to him. I don't care if he's OK or not.”
And he was very poor again on Sunday and a vast majority of Chelsea fans will not care if he ever referees a match again after another shambolic management of a top class match.
There were a lot of ifs in the 2-1 defeat. If Sergio Aguero had been sent off plus a second yellow card for Kompany – that would have been City playing with nine men against a Chelsea side that ‘should’ have equalised from the penalty spot…now visualise that and the angst against Foy will grow in cyclic proportions.
Now, I do not know his medical history but he seems to be suffering a bit from Glaucoma or Short Attention Span because his booking Ramires in the second half against Manchester City was an abomination given the nature of fouls that were committed by City players in the first half.
When referees are given kudos is when they interpret rules correctly for both sides – not blow one incident for one side and ‘forgive’ the other side for the same kind of foul. I know some people will talk about the assistant referees in this case but I hold him responsible for not showing a red card to Sergio Aguerro for that reckless two-footed stamp on Luiz.
For Vincent Kompany’s challenge on Fernando Torres, we just have to laugh. Maybe Foy was waiting for Kompany to take off Torres’ jersey before deeming it a foul.
Villas-Boas added back on that fateful day; "Conspiracy theories can lead to bans and lead to you calling us cry-babies, and we're not. But it keeps happening."
Well if this continues, expect a Blue rage against anyone bearing Foy or Hoy as Sir Chris Hoy witnessed on Twitter immediately after Sunday’s semi-final match.
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