Drogba, Didier … Chelsea

February 14, 2007

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March 2006 Deliberate handball to score

versus: Fulham, goal ruled out

Punishment: none

Final score: Fulham 1-0 Chelsea

Media Views:

From The Telegraph:

Controversy ensued just before the hour. Drogba nudged the ball on with his right arm before shooting low past Crossley, whose excursion from his line was fraught with danger. Neither Mike Dean nor linesman Paul Norman could have seen the offence, but responded to the pleas of Fulham’s players. No goal, said Dean, after consulting Norman.

The journey towards this correct decision aroused surprise. “Paul buzzed me, so he must have seen something,” said Dean. “I had a chat with Paul and he was convinced it was handball.”

Mourinho did not seem concerned about the cheating, only that his player was caught:

The ‘Special One’ went into meltdown. “It was a handball – no doubt,” began Mourinho. “But I can prove to you the linesman didn’t see it. I couldn’t see it and I was near him. His flag was down. He had given the goal. But the Fulham players put pressure on the referee and the linesman. What would have happened if Chelsea had done that? The FA would have chased us. It would be the end of the world. We would have been punished.”

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