Chelsea captain John Terry has admitted that he advised referee Phil Dowd to send off Swansea City defender Chico Flores in the meeting between the sides on Sunday, reports the Guardian.
And Terry revealed that he had told Dowd to issue a second yellow card to Flores. He said: “I just said, ‘It’s a second yellow for me’. He gave him one a couple minutes before on the halfway line and that one just outside the box is probably even more a yellow than the other one. Fair play to Phil, the ref, it was a big decision to make and I thought he made the right one and credit goes to him for that.
“I’m speaking as a Chelsea player, but when we all sit back and look at it then it’s definitely two yellows. It’s simple as that. If it’s a minute, two, five minutes into the game and it is a yellow or red card then it doesn’t matter. Thankfully we managed to take advantage.”
The Blues went on to win the game 1-0 thanks to Demba Ba’s powerful low strike, and Swansea boss Garry Monk was left frustrated by the manner of the sending off, saying: ‘If you go by the letter of the law, it is a sending off.
‘The more disappointing thing was that it looked like he [Dowd] had signalled straight away ‘no’, as if to signal it doesn’t warrant another yellow,” Monk said. “For their bench and manager to [then] surround the fourth official, and their players surround the referee himself, and then the red card comes so [much] later on, it makes you wonder.’
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