First, Branislav Ivanovic was dismissed
for a cynical foul on Ashley Young as the midfielder broke through on
goal, and minutes later, Fernando Torres was sent packing for a second
yellow – received after Clattenburg had identified a Torres tumble as
simulation. Although Ivanovic’s straight red is hard to contest, opinion
has been split as to whether the Spaniard deserved his second caution.
It was a bold, brave decision to make, and Clattenburg made it.
As Di Matteo stated afterwards, to make that choice, the ref needed
to have been 100% sure – could he have been, truly, sincerely, 100%?
It was only a matter of time before Chelsea’s nine succumbed to
United’s eleven, but to add insult to very serious injury, the winner
had more than an ounce of dubiousness about it. Another close call from
the refereeing team, and another error – Chicharito ghosting in from an
off-side position to slip the ball past the despairing clutches of Petr
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