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Ovrebo admits mistakes cost Chelsea last time out against Barcelona


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By Andrew Tuft

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Tom Henning Ovrebo, the referee who took charge of the last meeting between Chelsea and Barcelona, has admitted on the eve of the Champions League semi-final between the two sides that he made mistakes in the 2009 contest that cost the Premier League club dearly, ESPN has reported.



Ovrebo rejected four Chelsea penalty appeals that he now feels he should have awarded but declined to apologise for his errors. He said: “Everyone who knows the laws of the game knows I should have done things differently. I was actually satisfied with the way we all managed to keep calm in a tense situation. On the pitch I did my best. I shouldn't have to apologise as mistakes are part of the game.


The Norwegian subsequently received death threats from irate Chelsea supporters and revealed they angry messages continue to this day, while immediately after the final whistle Ovrebo was confronted by Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba. The Ivorian launched a profanity-laden tirade directed at the official for which Drogba was later suspended, while Chelsea full-back Jose Bosingwa was also banned for three games for his protestations.


Andres Iniesta’s 90th minute strike settled a finely balanced game that Chelsea had been leading through Michael Essien’s first-half goal. The Blues had returned from Barcelona’s Nou Camp with a 0-0 draw but the late effort from Iniesta sent the competition’s eventual winners to the final via the away goal rule.


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3 Comments


By Anslem on 18 April 2012 at 12:10


The deed has been done there is not need for apology. There is no repentant in the grave we just hope the referee for the game tonight we learn from that mistake.


By Byron Alonso on 18 April 2012 at 11:45


That guy was,for sure,wearing a barca's tshirt under his uniform. Son of bi***.


By adamski on 18 April 2012 at 11:23


This isn't an apology, this is a whiny justification for one of the worst, inept refereeing performances in the history of football.


 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

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