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Ballack Admits Fouling Evra

Michael Ballack at least had the good grace to admit that Chris Foy could have easily called it a foul when he blocked Patrice Evra right before Chelsea's second goal in yesterday's Community Shield clash. Evra went down, Foy ignored him and Chelsea went on to score.

"I have to be happy the referee didn`t blow. Maybe I blocked him a little bit," Ballack said.

"If he would have given the foul then OK - but he didn`t. They were unlucky they conceded straight away.

"I kept on playing but when I didn`t have the ball I couldn`t see how injured he was. It is our choice to continue playing so that is it."


Well, yes, their choice but Foy SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THE GAME, as he did when Chelsea players stayed down after clashes. His decision to allow play to continue cannot be justified and Fergie was quite right to blast him after the game.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 10 2009

Time: 2:34PM

Your Comments

Are you lot still on about this? Talk about bitter!
OLASAL
what about ManUtd players having the ball after that and not stopping play. I guess Rednose wouldn't have complained if it was united scoring just after that. So why should the opposing team stop play if teammates don't care for their man... Even if it was inconsistency from the ref, Rooney still scored from an offside position, so it evened out at the end.
keka
Drogs got slapped at least twice in this game and ref didn't stop game then... sour grapes Fergie.
emigre
Haha...just pathetic. ManUtd could easily have played the ball over the line themselves. You need glasses....all of you!
NorwaYid
idiots (the posters above). we are not complaining that chelsea played on, we are complaining that the ref didnt stop the game where as he did when the chelsea players went down. thats inconsistent and favored one side hugely. not to mention evra looked like he had an head injury which should result in the game stopping
Reddevils4ever89
I already said the referee was inconsistent if we look at the one time when he stopped play, but he never stopped play for slaps in the head to Drogba. Anyways, Rooney's goal was scored from an offside position so there you go...
keka
Foy IS a crap ref and shows how the FA should not of given him this game,hopefully it wont be him when chels and man u meet later in the season, he did stop the game for Nani and didnt when drogba got done twice,the real question is when Ballack body checked Evra in the chest why did he go down holding his face? he obviously did learn a few tricks from the winker at Madrid after all
gavins
I don't think Foy was wrong in allowing the game to play on when the goal was scored, I think the mistake he made was stopping the game when Ballack went down earlier. The game shouldn't have been stopped in either case, unless the ref was going to call a foul.
schmidtxc
I don't think Foy was wrong in allowing the game to play on when the goal was scored, I think the mistake he made was stopping the game when Ballack went down earlier. The game shouldn't have been stopped in either case, unless the ref was going to call a foul.
schmidtxc
you needed a different ref...like coward pleb or durkin the gurkin or another manc loving ref Mike Riley
fran merida
fran merida spot on, thats how the reds would of won the shield, have Mike Riley whos by far the worst ref, foy is just quite bad
gavins
OH please stop crying. Firstly he got elbowed in the chest and then he lays down holding his face (which i think is why the ref didnt make the call). Im not saying it wasnt a foul. but you should play to the ref as Man U did. Plus Evra didnt have the ball at the time of the foul. Rooney saw the foul kept possession THEN passed it to Carrick who lost the ball IN OUR BOX and when the counter attack started it was originally Drogba and Anelka against THREE man u players then Lampard trailed and Drog layed it to him for the goal (which Foster shouldve saved). Anyways it all leveled out because Rooney was offside on that goal and there wasnt a call. And plus no foul makes up for that poor penalty shot from Evra.
iwearbluu
Reddevils4ever89, surely you must be blind. You would've been listening to the MUTV's ultra biased commentary, I presume. HEAD INJURY? He went down clutching his nose, after being bodychecked (Slammed on his shoulder) by a retreating Ballack. Surely Ballack must be RED carded for allowing Evra to rush into him when he was moving backwards, right? And surely, surely the refree must've blown when Evra was dying right? Haha..
JT_daniel
 

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