THERE were big decisions for Andre Marriner to make in the second half.
Unfortunately he made a match-changing error as there was a clear foul on Chelsea defender Gary Cahill for Swansea’s second goal.
Leroy Fer fouls Gary Cahil in the build-up to his goal[/caption]
Leroy Fer went on to score Swansea’s second after foul[/caption]
It’s the same official who missed the Sergio Aguero elbow incident.
It has not been a good start altogether from our professional referees this season. The call for Swansea’s penalty was an excellent decision by Andy Garratt, the assistant, as Andre was behind play.
But Andre could have got away with awarding just the penalty instead of a caution because it was just a careless challenge, nothing else, while Swansea's second goal was an easy decision to make because it is virtually impossible for an opponent to tackle from behind and win the ball fairly.
Andre should have used his experience and given a free-kick.
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Diego Costa's equalising goal was debatable too. Scissors and bicycle kicks are permissible as long as, in the opinion of the referee, it is not dangerous for an opponent. I wouldn't have disallowed that.
There was an incident in stoppage time when Cesc Fabregas challenged Ki Sung-yueng in the Chelsea area but I didn't think it was a penalty, he went down far too easily.
Earlier, Costa had gone down when keeper Lukasz Fabianski came out but in situations like that where there is no clear contact, the most sensible option for the referee is always to give nothing.
Costa was involved in a battle all match with Jordi Amat, both cautioned during the game, and I thought they both gave as good as they got. Andre handled them well.