Azonto Epistle 31: Ovrebo & Chris Foy Having Dinner At Villa Park
We know many people don’t want Chelsea to win the league. If the person who doesn’t want Chelsea to win the league is a known rival fan whose hatred for our club has no bearing on the results, it’s not an issue, because we all do, at least, sometimes. However if the person is faceless or masqueraded in the shape of a match official Ala Mr. Ovrebo against Barcelona, then we all owe it a duty to our club and fair play sake to spit out fire on him. Many times when issues of referee and bad officiating are mentioned, one might be tempted to think the victim is a sour loser, however if the referee discharged his duties as Chris Foy at Villa Park, then you are left with no option than to talk more about it than the actual performance of your team. This is because, if the team will score and the referee will not let it stand, if your player is clean on goal and its deliberately (or however you might judge it) whistled for offside, not once but several occasions, then your team’s performance will drop because they don’t have a fair chance to score. How come Ramires is brought down by the last man and Mr. Foy will only show a yellow card? Do you think such a player will not be frustrated and take issues into his hands?
I still cannot comprehend what caused for the sending off of Willian. Both his first and second yellow cards were judged wrongly by the referee who refused to run to get good view of incidents and was acting on impulse and according to the shouts of the home fans. There were countless decisions Mr. Foy left us all baffled including Hazard being brought down and the Villa players even pausing play, just to see Mr. Foy wave it off. Maybe he was not in good spirit for the match or let’s say he had one of those so called bad days but if he happens to be the same referee who showed 2 of our players red card and a penalty shockingly, at Loftus Road where Drogba described his performance as embarassing, then its much more than a mere bad day and it cannot be coincidental. After whistling for a goal by Matic, what made him change his mind, it was certainly not his assistants because they had their flags down and there was no one closer to the action than Mr Foy himself who pointed to the centre. To me, he just could not control his passion and emotion as a person who loves football, who surely has a team he supports but certainly not Chelsea.
With the sending off of Jose, I’m happy Jose has explained his side of it. We all await Mr Foy’s Match report because we all saw the Villa Players and bench who jumped to the pitch and Agbonlahor shoving Ramires but none except Jose got the matching orders from Mr Foy. To me, that match on Saturday reminds me only of one match and Mr Foy can only be up there with Mr. Ovrebo in the hearts of Chelsea fans. Maybe he saw the red card in the City game and chose to balance it or he had an eye on next week’s fixture against Arsenal. Whatever his intentions are, only Mr. Foy or Mr Ovrebo can best explain to us.
By: Seth A. Adusei (twitter @sethaadusei)