Chelsea 2 Manchester United 3 – Chelsea lodge complaint after Clattenburg comments
A pulsating game of football at Stamford Bridge ended in a 3-2 win for Manchester United although this match will mainly be remembered for Fernando Torres’ red card and a winner which appeared to see Javier Hernandez in an offside position before turning the ball home.
October 28th, 2012
Shortly after the game, Chelsea were also unhappy with referee Mark Clattenburg’s comments towards two players to the extent where they have lodged a formal complaint to the Premier League over alleged ‘inappropriate language’.
United got off to the proverbial flyer thanks to the excellent movement from Robin van Persie whose shot rebounded off the post and into David Luiz who could do nothing but deflect the ball into the net.
The visitors’ lead was doubled in the 12th minute when Van Persie made no mistake from short range after good work from Antonio Valencia, with the winger and Ashley Young providing plenty of width.
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that his team lost their way towards the end of the first half and Wayne Rooney brought down Eden Hazard just outside the area which saw Juan Mata produce a superb free-kick to get the Premier League leaders back into the contest.
Some excellent link play between Oscar and Mata early in the second half saw Chelsea level with Ramires heading home from close range, although ten minutes later the Blues were down to ten men.
Young was through on goal when Branislav Ivanovic felled the England winger and the Serbian was given his marching orders, although it was the red card brandished to Fernando Torres which was highly controversial.
The Spaniard was clearly fouled by Jonny Evans although Mark Clattenburg instead administered a second yellow for diving and the home side were down to nine men.
With the game stretched, United took their chance and Hernandez was the man on the spot to score the winner, with Chelsea up in arms after the final whistle and the talking points are sure to rumble on.