Red Card or Not: Jon Moss and Tim Howard
Poor old Jon Moss. He’s not the strongest referee in the league, but he didn’t deserve this.
Not only was he run ragged trying to keep up with Everton and Chelsea’s nine-goal marathon (ending 6-3 in Chelsea’s favour), but his assistant referees let him down something awful.
This definitely was the worst refereeing team performance we’ve seen yet this season and quite frankly one of the worst I’ve seen in a long time.
Most of that can be laid squarely at the feet of Ron Ganfield, who spent most of last season in the lower leagues. I don’t say this very often, but he needs to go back there. He missed nearly every major decision, including Branislav Ivanovic’s being offside for Chelsea’s second goal.
But the absolute worst, in my mind, was this:
Yes, folks, that’s Everton and America goalkeeper Tim Howard catching the ball a good yard outside the box with Eden Hazard clear on goal. As the last man, this was a clear goalscoring opportunity, and a clear handball.
Neither Ganfield nor Moss reacted to it.
He should have been sent off right there at the seven minute mark. Because he was allowed to stay on, he later ended up in a scuffle with Diego Costa. Costa was a being a jerkface to Howard’s teammate, true. But Howard ran all the way over to him, pushed him and started a ruckus, in which he also appeared to head butt Cesar Azpilicueta.
Moss produced only a yellow, but could have given a red, considering that at the very least Howard deliberately started the fight.
Can’t blame that one on Ganfield.
Here’s the fight:
To be fair, I thought Moss’ AR1, Simon Long, did okay.
So, let’s talk retroactive action.
I don’t think there can be any for the fight, since Jon Moss was right there and had his eyes on Howard when he confronted Azpilicueta. Since Moss addressed it with a yellow card, I don’t think the FA can act.
They may be able to act on the deliberate handling outside the box if the referees say they didn’t see it, but it would be unusual for them to do so.
What do you think? Should Tim Howard have been sent off? Should he be suspended? Tell us below.