Blues secured vital win in South Wales.
Chelsea captain John Terry has admitted that he told referee Phil Dowd to send-off Swansea City centre-back Chico Flores in their Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon, according to reports in the Guardian.
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The Spanish defender had only been booked moments earlier for a foul on the west London club’s wide man Andre Schurrle, before Flores then brought down Brazil playmaker Willian for a free kick right on the edge of the area.
But initially, Dowd waved away the Blues’ calls for Flores to be handed a second yellow card, until after a conversation with the Chelsea skipper, the official opted to show the Swans’ central defender a red card.
“I just said, ‘It’s a second yellow for me’,” explained Terry. “He gave him one a couple minutes before on the halfway line and that one just outside the box is probably even more a yellow than the other one. Fair play to Phil, the ref, it was a big decision to make and I thought he made the right one and credit goes to him for that.
“I’m speaking as a Chelsea player, but when we all sit back and look at it then it’s definitely two yellows. It’s simple as that. If it’s a minute, two, five minutes into the game and it is a yellow or red card then it doesn’t matter. Thankfully we managed to take advantage.”