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Referee Announced To Take Charge Of Chelsea’s FA Cup Replay With Man Utd

By on March 25, 2013

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Phil Dowd has been announced as the man to take charge of Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter final replay with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Easter Monday, according to the Daily Mail.

Dowd has a bit of a history with Sir Alex Ferguson with the United boss once questioning the referee’s fitness two seasons ago. He’s only taken charge of one United game this season, namely their FA Cup win over West Ham, when Ferguson’s team were controversially awarded a penalty when Jordan Spence was adjudged to have handled in the area but Dowd later ignored the Hammers call for a penalty of their own when Rafael also clearly handled in the box.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce accused Dowd of favouring United that day and was later fined for his post-match comments:

‘There’s no doubt about the difference between Rafael’s handball and Jordan Spence’s.

‘Spence plays for West Ham and the away team, while Rafael plays for the home side at Old Trafford. You see it time and time again at Old Trafford.

‘He couldn’t find the courage to give it unfortunately, and he then went down the other end and there was a very similar incident with Jordan Spence and it was given.

‘That is a very big disappointment for me – the lack of consistency in that area. I think you have to have courage to play here and to referee here.

‘But why are you a professional referee or player? To come to these places to do your job, and do it to the best of your ability.’ Allardyce is quoted as saying in the Mail.

Dowd has refereed two Chelsea games at Stamford Bridge so far this season with the Blues recording victories over Aston Villa and Newcastle that saw the Londoners score 10 goals and concede none, while he was also in charge when Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 in last season’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

So theoretically, Dowd should be seen as a popular choice by both sets of clubs this weekend, but no doubt one side will come away from the game feeling they were hard done by and decisions didn’t go there way. It’s usually the team on the losing side.

Are Chelsea and United fans happy with the referee chosen for the match? Get involved in the comments section below.

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47 Comments

  1. Atsume Aondofa 4rm fideipoly Gboko

    March 26, 2013 at 11:30 am

    D referee z a gudman than web who always favour man u

  2. Kamison

    March 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

    This game is too open 4get abt d ref, chelsea n man utd has history of goals anytime dey mit. i c rain of goals in my dream bt my heart told me d game wil end up by penalty

  3. Taiwo Abiodun k.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    He wil be the best Man for the match….he is ok by me….proudly Chelsea fann….let’s wait til we see on April 1st……Gudluck to my dearlin blues…. Phil Dowd..

  4. Mighty sunny

    March 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I tink d game will be very interesting and organise by both teams,bt d referee must be careful on hw to make decisions in this kind of match

  5. God win

    March 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Phil is a professional,he is nt a controversial ref lyk man u webb,so its good

  6. Ohams Nnaemeka

    March 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    At the moment, MUFC fears no referee!!! United all the way joorrr

  7. jude echezona

    March 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    man u ll carry d day wit phil or any ref in england

  8. OSCAR UCHENNA

    March 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Phil is a good ref unlike Man u’s Howard Webb, Mark Clattenbourg and Mark Halsey.

  9. ajadi fatai

    March 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I love dat reffere, it’s a able & capable 4 d game, let wait nd see. Blue will get victory, by God grace.

  10. De-master

    March 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Phil shudn’t be compare to webb,clattenburg or mark cos we all knw dose refs as man utd favourites bt phil dowd z desperate n favourite to any team.i love de man. Blues shud be careful!

  11. De-master

    March 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I’am chelsea fans n my blood z blue bt i want to dedicates de match to birthmonth cos i was born in april n i shud expect sumtin favourable frm de ref(phil dowd) nt in racism bt in displine. Gudluck de blues!

  12. West

    March 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I wish chelsea d best and good luk bcos we nd a trophy this yr

  13. Tony

    March 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Until we get to bridge we know how to cross it i wish manU good lock.

  14. Proffessor of Philisophy

    March 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I wil teach
    WoMAN-United d lesson of dea lyf.

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