Bolton’s Gary Cahill was sent off in the match against Tottenham over the weekend for committing what referee Stuart Atwell deemed a clear goal scoring opportunity. Bolton immediately lodged the appeal to the FA and were successful having Cahill’s one-match ban rescinded. Victory right? Hardly.
Owen Coyle on the event:
“If you understand the terminology it has to be a clear goalscoring opportunity. Now Scott Parker is a fantastic player but he took a touch with his left foot, went out to the wing, 50 yards from goal. We had Zat Knight in the middle and other defenders coming back. So there was nothing clear on a goalscoring opportunity. I think everyone in the stadium was baffled it was given.”
While it is a great benefit to Bolton to have Cahill anchoring the defense come Saturday against Villa, his sending off happened only 17 minutes into the match against Tottenham. Bolton were forced to play a man down for over 70 minutes at White Hart Lane. Bolton went on to lose 3-0 leaving the Trotters wondering what could have been. I’m not saying that Bolton would have won the match, or even got a draw (I mean, look at their form), but in the EPL, parody can sometimes reign supreme.
It seems that every week is marred by multiple controversies surrounding refereeing decisions. And not just small decisions either, but rather large game shifting decisions made by this crop of officials, officials touted as being the best in the world. I hate complaining about the referee, or the decisions made; however, this year seems to be wrought with poor decisions of great magnitude. If I were an Bolton fan, or an Everton fan, I would feel like the FA owes me points, or at least a replay.
It begs the question, should something be done? And if so, what can be done?
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