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Mike Dean Missed Ramires Punching Seb Larsson

Ramires is a dirty player. I get that. He’s got a temper on him, as well. (See: Mark Clattenburg.) I sort of get that, too. But you can not hit a player in the face. Not even Sebastian Larsson, whom I realize is kind of a c—. You just can’t. There’s no reason in the world you can give me to excuse why

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Andre Marriner Speaks on Arsenal Error

Last week, I said I’d love to see Premier League referees allowed to explain themselves in controlled conditions. And this week that’s exactly what’s happened. Andre Marriner was made available to the Telegraph after his mistake at Arsenal last weekend. In case you were hiding under a rock, he sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after AOC slapped a

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Should Referees Explain Their Decisions?

After yesterday’s debacle at Stamford Bridge, with Andre Marriner sending off the wrong Arsenal player, there’s been a predictable amount of howling from the media that referees should be forced to explain their decisions. It’s an interesting question and not as straightforward as it may seem at first blush. I’ve heard over and over that referees should be forced to

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Andre Marriner Sends off Wrong Guy?

UPDATE: Premier League has transferred the red card to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (most likely at Marriner’s request, but that’s unconfirmed). AOC will now serve a one-match ban. So, by now you’ve heard that the only thing worth talking about in Chelsea’s 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge was the fact that Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs by mistake. The basics are

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Champions League Referees: March 18

The referees for this week’s Champions League matches have been announced. Chelsea will get Felix Brych (above) for their tie against Galatasaray. They can’t complain about that; Brych is about as strong a referee as they come and has recently unseated Wolfgang Stark as Germany’s top official. He’s on the list for Brazil, as well. Well, let me clarify: They shouldn’t

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Red Card or Not: Chelsea Edition

Fake League Leaders Chelsea were shockingly upended by Aston Villa today 1-0. That would be a big enough headline most weekends. But Chelsea ended the game down two players and one manager. Referee Chris Foy sent Willian (or, as my friends and I like to call him, Will.i.an) off at around the 68th minute on a second yellow card. He

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NEWS: Spurs Red Card Appeal Successful

Tottenham have been successful in their appeal of Younes Kaboul’s three-game suspension following his red card in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Chelsea. Referee Michael Oliver had adjudged Kaboul to have tripped Samuel Eto’o in the box, denying him a goalscoring opportunity. However, replays showed that not only was there very little contact, but Eto’o was not in control of the

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