Discussing Chelsea’s two red cards this evening

The old maxim about referees is that the better they are, the less you notice them.

Based on that, you can make your own conclusions about Chris Foy.

Two red cards were shown tonight, one right and one wrong, and unfortunately it was the former which was ultimately more influential on the game’s outcome.

As a referee, Chris Foy has developed a worrying habit of making himself the centre of attention, and maybe that was at the heart of his decision to dismiss Willian? A common complaint about Premier League referees is regarding their periodic lack of common-sense, and the Brazilian’s second yellow-card was a perfect example of that: his challenge on Fabian Delph was a foul, but in what way did it warrant a caution?

If Willian had committed a series of fouls prior to that then maybe there would have been some justification for a card, but as it was the incident represented an official’s needless interference in the competitive balance of a game.

Conversely though, Ramires can have absolutely no argument with his red card.

We can all understand his frustration, and the sense of collective injustice that Chelsea were probably feeling, but a player can’t endanger an opponent like that - it’s not an exaggeration to say that the force and angle of Ramires’ tackle could have snapped Karim El Ahmadi’s leg.

Studs showing, excessive force, dangerous - all the red flags were there.

Frustration is obviously part of the game, but there has to be zero-tolerance of anything which endangers a player - Ramires knows that, and it will make his imminent three-game suspension even more irritating for his manager.

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