How Did Vidic Get Red and Not David Luiz?

By on March 2, 2011

You may say it is a tad hypocritical for a Manchester United fan to say that the referee was unfair, inconsistent or incompetent considering the recent and well documented occurrences involving match officials and United. Fair enough, United do get the odd lucky decision their way, but last night, Manchester United were the unlucky ones, with too many decisions changing the game unfairly in Chelsea’s favour.

Wait! Before I go any further, credit where credit is due, Chelsea played far better than United in the second half. They controlled the game, they stopped United from creating, they scored more goals. They were the better side in the second period, and I am happy (not really happy actually, more angry) to admit it.

My notes tell me however, that United were far superior in the first half – at ease on the ball, dominant in possession, creating good opportunities, and overall, threatening Chelsea far more. My notes tell me that because it is true.

United played well down the wings, in a surprisingly open game. A Malouda shot early on, saw the Frenchman in acres of space only to weakly shoot into van der sar’s chest and welcoming arms. This was countered with a United attack which saw Evra break into the box, only to swipe it across the goal mouth, agonisingly avoiding any United players contact.

29 minutes in however, United broke the deadlock, and allowed hopes of a very rare away win at Stamford Bridge, arise to the surface. It was a cute little interchange between Nani and Rooney, Rooney took a touch, and with Robin Hood accuracy, arrowed the ball into the bottom corner of the net. It was a great finish, and was, according to the statistics, Rooney’s first goal outside of the box since February 2008 when he scored against Newcastle. It is his seventh League goal this season, as he continues to build his suspect goal tally.

As the end of the half neared, Chelsea realised where they were, and what they were doing, subsequently deciding that they better go for a goal rather than allow United to walk all over them. Their sudden interest meant a chance which showed just how valuable Mr Van Der Sar and Mr Vidic are. A sublime double save, and some quick thinking defending to scramble the ball away from goal after a Lampard free kick bounced around the area helped United go in at half time in the lead.

Now to the second half. The period where it all happened. Chelsea’s decision to go for the win prompted an early response. The ball bounced to David Luiz to the left of the area, who was somehow clear of any defenders and Evra reacted too late to stop the ex-Benfica defender from smashing in an impressive volley which rifled past van der sar.

It was 1-1, and an hour had been played. Drogba came on for the ineffective Anelka to join the equally ineffective Torres up front. Then Giggs came on to replace Scholes, making his 606th Premier League appearance, equally Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.

David Luiz. He looks like Sideshow Bob, a criminal from The Simpsons, and he acted just like that with at least two very bookable offenses. He got booked in the first half for a vicious and late tackle on Carrick, and then, in the second half, at a vital, vital time in the game, he stuck out a leg to cynically block off a Rooney run. It was off the ball, obvious, and unfair. It should have been another yellow and a red. It wasn’t even a free-kick.

It is moments like that which change games. True enough, not long after that, Smalling gave away a penalty for much less than what Luiz did. Lampard duly scored which turned out to be the winner, causing United’s second loss of the season, and a big, undeserved blow to the title chase (which Chelsea are out of).

Nemanja Vidic however, did get sent off. Player of the year so far, he tugged down Ramieres outside the box to receive his second yellow and his marching orders meaning he will miss the next game against Liverpool. In my opinion, this sending off is worse than the loss. Ferdinand is out with injury, Vidic has been United’s rock and is now out, which puts more pressure on the young defender Chris Smalling.

Tell me what you think!

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12 Comments

  1. steve mcauley

    March 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

    EASY! webb and clattenberg weren’t the officials!

  2. Lampard8

    March 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

    From a Chelsea-fan point of view,

    I agree Luiz should have been sent off, not really sure how the referee missed it. However, that being said, the Smalling challenge was a penalty. I’ve seen various fans deny this, but anywhere else on the pitch it’s a free kick so that must be the same in the area.

    In the opening minutes Torres should’ve got his first goal for us, however it was ruled offside for meaningless shoving in the penalty area from both sides. The goal should’ve stood imo.

    The match was fiercely contested. Nani vs Ivanovic, Luiz vs Rooney and Vidic vs Torres were all good battles. United completely played us off in the first half, likewise we did in the second.

    Fergie’s full-time reaction was disgraceful. Got very personal about the referee. Yes he got some decisions wrong but he’s not the first too, and I’m sure Fergie doesn’t say anything when a bad refreeing decision goes his way.

    We were perhaps lucky to get the winner, however we did not cheat. It was the referee’s judgement, not ours.

  3. Nike

    March 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Ha! Leave out the biased crap and you almost make a point… Let’s face it, if the F.A had any backbone Mr. Rooney would have been sitting out the game due to a blatant elbow to the face, off the ball. Take it on the chin because you united fans are losing any respect people had for you with this moaning and complaining waaa! waaa! Your a poor ‘journalist’…

    • DBSFootball

      March 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      So your saying Luiz should not have been sent off? The Chelsea fan Lampard8 who commented admitted that he should have been.
      I agree that Ferguson’s reaction wasn’t respectable, and I am not sticking uo for Ferguson, nor am i monaing.
      Just giving my opinion. How is that poor journalism? Bit unfair.

    • DBSFootball

      March 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      So your saying Luiz should not have been sent off? The Chelsea fan Lampard8 who commented admitted that he should have been.
      I agree that Ferguson’s reaction wasn’t respectable, and I am not sticking up for Ferguson, nor am i moaning.
      Just giving my opinion. How is that poor journalism? Bit unfair.

  4. SMOKIEJACK

    March 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

    HHHMMMMMM! YOUR A MANC SUPPORTER THEN IT SEEMS!! LMAO! TORRES INEFFECTIVE, YET SCORED AND DISALLOWED, WAS THAT DECISION NOT IN MANYOOO’S FAVOUR? THE PUSHING AND SHOVING WAS 50/50 AND YOU GOT THAT DECISION, YET I HAVENT SEEN ANYONE COMPLAINING ABOUT THAT! ROONEY SHOULDNT OF EVEN BEEN ON THE PITCH PLAYING, AND QUITE FRANKLY I ENJOYED WATCHING THAT THUG GET A LITTLE PAYBACK. HE’S A DIRTY PLAYER, AND ITS CALLED KARMA. FERGUSON I HOPE WILL GET HAMMERED BY THE FA AFTER THE LENIENCE THEY SHOWED MANYOO AND ROONEY, ONLY FOR SIR REDNOSE TO COME OUT AND COMPLAIN! THE PEN WAS A PEN ALL DAY LONG, SMALLING PUT HIS LEG OUT SLIGHTLY CAUSING CONTACT! NO COMPLAINTS THERE. AND VIDIC DESERVED TO GO. LUIZ SHOULDA GONE BUT HE DIDNT,JUS LIKE ROONEY LAST WEEK.KARMA IS A BITCH AINT IT!! 😉

  5. alexander kakraba Dakubo

    March 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Nike, you’re absolutely right. Rooney should have been with the crowd. Fergie must also know that his disgraceful antics can’t influence the referee’s decision at the Bridge as he has been doing at his backyard. I think and Fergie and his babies must listen to Nike and stop crying foul and waaa! waaa!

  6. Dustin

    March 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Good points all around. In the end, it should have been somewhere between a draw and a Chelsea win (if it were possible). Torres should have had his first, yes, Luiz should have been off, yes, Rooney shouldn’t have played, yes, and both Terry and Vidic escaped handballs in the box. I break it down to this. Chelsea gave themselves more chances to win… and they did.

  7. Solocom

    March 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Ferguson is the most disgraceful and disgusting coach have ever seen in the game of football,he should go back to school and learn how to talk to people.ferguson very shameful of you,am highly disappointed in you and man u.

  8. Anonymous

    March 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    If sticking your leg out to trip someone is a foul, then Zhirkov was definitely fouled. The way I see it, then either Luiz should have been sent off and the penalty was fair, OR Luiz shouldn’t have been sent off and the penalty shouldn’t have been given. To be honest I’m glad Ferguson is being charged, his hypocritical rants drive me crazy.

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