How the hell does this make any sense?! (look at 0.51 on this clip)
Chelsea’s Michael Ballack will face no further action for his off-the-ball challenge on Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during Sunday’s Community Shield.
Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Ballack should have been sent off for using an elbow to send Evra flying.
The incident provoked even more controversy because Chelsea took advantage of Evra’s injury by racing to the other end of the field and scoring through Frank Lampard.
Referee Chris Foy was immediately besieged by angry United players, who pointed out the official had stopped the game a couple of minutes earlier when Ballack went down in similar circumstances.
As Foy did not intervene, it left the way open for the FA to take action.
However, Foy has confirmed he saw the incident clearly and acted as he saw fit, leaving the FA to declare the matter closed.
Earlier, Ballack admitted he ‘blocked’ Evra and added he was ‘happy’ Foy did not blow for a foul.
The Germany international said: ‘I have to be happy that the referee didn’t blow because maybe I blocked him a little bit.
Ferguson claimed Foy should have stopped play when Evra went down as the referee had done when Ballack was injured moments earlier, but Lampard said Chelsea had no case to answer. (The Metro)
OK, so let me get this right. The referee did in fact see the incident but decided it wasn’t a foul? What?! Did he think that the German was merely shoulder charging Patrice Evra and that was a perfectly reasonable challenge? Or did he think he was temporarily in charge of a Rugby match?
Given that the self same referee in the same bloody match stopped the game when Evra hadn’t even fouled Ballack it’s just plain incredible he deemed the Chelsea player’s challenge to be fair.
What is even more bemusing that after the fact nothing will be done, no punishment will be handed out even though it was glaringly obvious that it was a blatant elbow in the face. The Premier League has only just been talking about the fact that there will be a step up in retroactive decision making and that guilty parties will be held accountable then how can Michael Ballack not be given some kind of ban, I am not talking about a sizable one, but at least he should serve some kind of suspension for what was clearly an offence!