Chelsea FC assistant manager Rui Faria had a bit of a touchline dustup with referee Mike Dean after the final whistle was sounded. Faria was not pleased with the decisions Dean made or failed to make in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to relegation candidates Sunderland and he was not afraid to make his feelings known. The Portuguese assistant had to be restrained by both Jose Mourinho and several members of the staff before being sent to the stands. Faria eventually made his way down the tunnel but kept shouting at Mike Dean and presumably his assistants as well. This was another ugly situation that luckily did not escalate or Faria may have been handed a much lengthier ban and a hefty fine to boot.
The angry reaction from Faria was brought on by the fact that Dean had not awarded Chelsea a clear penalty for Seb Larsson’s foul on Ramires and denial of a goalscoring opportunity. While it was not Dean who awarded the penalty, the assistant referee awarded Sunderland one for Jozy Altidore’s blatant dive in the box after initiating contact with Cesar Azpilicueta. There were also several other incidents in which the team of referees failed miserably including waving off John Terry’s goal because of a supposed foul by Nemanja Matic.
The passion showed by Rui Faria was a bit unprofessional but when the stakes are that high and the pressure is on, one would expect a referee to be at the top of his game, not making silly mistakes and missing easy calls. Many Chelsea supporters wished that the players showed that same fight and enthusiasm but that was not the issue in this match. The Blues did all they could against a team fighting for its life in the Premier League but it is hard to play against a team and four men with whistles and flags as well.
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