Ref Review: Our verdict on Man Utd’s opener v Chelsea

Date published: Monday 17th April 2017 7:52

A look at all the controversial decisions during this weekend’s Premier League games with a number of high-profile incidents up for debate.

Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.


Christian Benteke goal v Leicester City

The Leicester bench and several Foxes players were not amused as Belgium international Benteke climbed over Yohan Benalouane to nod Palace level on Saturday. Their appeals to Mike Dean ultimately fell on deaf ears but replays showed that Benalouane was definitely impeded and therefore the goal should have been chalked off.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Burnley penalty v Everton

As decisions go Mark Clattenburg won’t get a much easier one this season as this was a stick on. And what a nightmare for Joel Robles. With the score at 1-0 he has a rush of blood to the head and charged off his line to bring Sam Vokes down. Clattenburg had no choice but to give it.

Verdict: Correct decision


Stoke City disallowed goal v Hull City

The home fans were celebrating at the bet365 Stadium when Saido Berahino had the ball in the net with the hosts already 1-0 up. However the flag had already been raised and replays showed the assistant got it bang on.

Verdict: Correct decision


Manchester City penalty appeal v Southampton

In the event it was not a decision that cost the Citizens but they should have been awarded a penalty at St Mary’s after Leroy Sane’s electric burst of pace into the area brought him into contact with Fraser Forster.

The German youngster tried to go around the England keeper before taking a tumble. In real time it looked as though Forster got a strong hand to the ball to divert it away from goal. However replays showed Forster definitely made significant contact with Sane’s ankle. Just because he got a bit of the ball too does not make the challenge legal and not for the first time this season ref Neil Swarbrick has got this one wrong.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Nicolas Otamendi challenge on Shane Long

Long had been brought on as a substitute but failed to see the game out after being brought off himself. Whether this was due to an oversight on the Southampton bench or the after effects suffered after a poor earlier challenge by Otamendi we might never know.

What we do know is the Argentina defender was definitely lucky not to be cautioned after a wild challenge saw him catch the Irishman on the ankle. If that’s not a yellow card, we don’t know what is.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Lucas foul on Jake Livermore

It was a pretty dour opening to Sunday’s clay and Lucas’ challenge on Livermore was just as miserable. It was a pretty dangerous lunge that produced a talking to from whistler Jon Moss but no more. The Reds defender could and probably should have seen yellow.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Marcus Rashford goal v Chelsea

Old Trafford erupted when Rashford put Manchester United 1-0 up early doors on Sunday, but should the goal have stood? There was nothing wrong with Rashford’s finish but plenty wrong with the fact Ander Herrera seemed to control a Nemanja Matic pass with his arm before sending the young England man through on goal with a threaded pass. And when even Gary Neville admits “it was a handball” you know Bobby Madley has got it wrong.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Diego Costa yellow card v Manchester United

Diego Costa: Has not been at his best since January

The combustible Brazilian can have few complaints about picking up yet another yellow after clattering Paul Pogba in the United half. A yellow card all day long.

Verdict: Correct decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award


Antonio Conte: Took the blame for Man United defeat

The title race took a tantalising twist on Sunday as Chelsea crashed to a 2-0 reverse at Old Trafford. In truth they were below par for much of the afternoon and boss Antonio Conte didn’t bemoan Rashford’s opener after the game, instead being big enough to admit the Blues lost to a better side on the day.

But the decision not to bring Herrera back for handball was a crucial one.


Stonewall decision of the week

Burnley penalty v Everton

It was a crazy call from the Spaniard to go racing after Vokes, who was actually going away from Everton’s goal when he was clipped at Goodison Park. Robles protested to the referee but it was a clear foul.


Agree with our panel? Or are there any incidents you feel should have been included? Get in touch, below…

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