|Case Study #||18-2013|
|Date||5 May 2013|
|Competition||Barclays Premier League|
|Fixture/Result||Man Utd 0 – 1 Chelsea|
|Referee/Badge||Howard Webb, FIFA|
|At Issue||AR2 Sian Massey is heavily involved in sending off Man Utd’s Rafael|
For the second time in recent weeks, an assistant referee played a crucial role in the decision to send off a player. The AR in this case was Sian Massey, the only female referee in the Premier League (who, interestingly, is a center referee when she works women’s matches).
The send off is rather straightforward, David Luiz’s silly playacting notwithstanding. Massey can clearly be seen shouting “FOUL” into her headset, followed by “THAT’S RED!”, to which Referee Webb dutifully produces a red card.
But not before a little pushing and shoving between Chelsea’s Oscar, who was waving the universal “give him a card, ref” signal, and Man Utd pensioner Ryan Giggs, who took exception to this display of dissent, and remonstrated with Howard Webb by doing exactly the same thing.
Referee Webb showed a remarkable amount of restraint in dealing with the pushing and shoving, given his penchant for manhandling players in the past. Makes one wonder if someone has spoken to the former policeman about proper arrest technique.
Click/tap on the photo to view it fullscreen. Please no letters from United or Chelsea supporters. Just having a little fun during the run in.