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23rd April 2014

This weekend's football was like a penalty prize competition with the most high profile spot kick deciding the Chelsea v Sunderland match and probably going a long way to help decide both title and relegation issues.

At the Bridge was it a penalty or not is something that is still not totally clear. I probably would have said not. I can understand why the assistant referee flagged for it though - if in doubt do nowt was always the yardstick in my day.

Penalty or not it did not excuse the antics of Mourinho and co. His assistant would probably have assaulted referee Mike Dean had he not have been restrained. While not wishing to see any physical harm to my former colleague in a way it's a pity that he didn't get to the ref because then the FA could have thrown him out of the game altogether.

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Unfortunately the same fate will not befall the so called "Special One". No one can doubt his success which unfortunately disguises the fact that he is an underhanded reprehensible character who wins at any cost and whilst his press conferences are entertaining and the media's dream, they are often sly and cutting full of innuendos and accusations.

That was the case post Sunderland and I only hope that the FA can get an explanation that allows them to give him a long ban.

He was clearly suggesting that the referee and his boss were instrumental in orchestrating Chelsea's defeat. Pity he hadn't got the balls to actually say that rather than talk in riddles.

Good coach maybe, but for me he represents everything that is wrong with the modern game.

He was very quiet about his own player Ramires' misdemeanours. He will definitely be getting a call from the FA and a three match ban. Pity its only three, if that had happened on the terraces it would have been a three year football banning order!!

The FA Cup dress rehearsal, with the Tigers having the benefit of both Long and Jelavic, saw the Gunners cruise to an easy 3-0 victory. It could have been more as the visitors were denied two spot kicks after Ozil had his ankle tapped and Oxlaide Chamberlain was felled in the penalty area. Steve Bruce felt that Jelavic was fouled in the build up to an Arsenal goal. He wasn't, he was looking for it.

In the Everton v Manchester United game, no complaints from anyone about the penalty after Jones made a save that the keeper would have been proud of.

In the Spurs v Fulham game FA Cup Final referee Lee Probert missed a handball in the penalty area, but I don't think that even had it have been given it would have changed the out come of the game.

In the Cardiff v Stoke game yet more spot kicks and both justified, as was the one that decided the Palace game at West Ham. At Newcastle even after Chris Foy got knocked over after taking one in the face he was still alert enough to award the match deciding penalty after Marvin Emnes was fouled.

A weekend that was in the main very good for the match officials was confirmed by the non award of a penalty after the visitors appealed but were correctly denied a spot kick as the ball just hit the defenders arm and was not intentional.

Monday night match and not a penalty in sight!!

Have a good week.

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