Referee Mike Dean has admitted making the crucial ‘mistake’ in the fourth minute when he failed to send off David Luiz, which should have been one of the easiest decisions of his footballing life.
The players in that Chelsea game went the extra mile once they went one down, a fact that moved Alan Pardew to react:
“I’d have felt very confident going into this period if I had all my squad available, but I haven’t. The biggest problem from the weekend, and perhaps the decision by the referee that changed the game, was that we put in more effort against Chelsea than we’ve done in any other game this season, and that’s cost us injuries to Guthrie and Taylor”.
Referees are ‘professional’ these days and it is a fairly regular occurrence that when they get a decision so badly wrong that changes the course of a game, a demotion to the Football League is the usual punishment.
In Mike Dean’s case the decision wasn’t due to an incident where his eyes told him something different to what he saw later on TV replays, as in the case of our penalty decision at Old Trafford. In the Chelsea match Dean failed to apply the laws of the game and admitted so afterwards.
Alan Pardew’s take on it? :
“It just goes to show how important those decisions are. It’s interesting to see both the referee at our place, who admitted to the mistake, and the Bolton referee have got games this weekend”.
Unbelievably, he hasn’t been handed down any punishment and is able to happily carry on in the premier League this Saturday, unlike Steven Taylor, Danny Guthrie and possibly Fabricio Coloccini.
Is that what you would call justice?