Rodgers: Fabregas should have been sent off for tackle

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas should have been sent off for a dangerous and reckless challenge early into their 1-1 draw this afternoon at the Stamford Bridge, reports Sky Sports.

The Spanish international made tough tackle on Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling early in the first-half that saw him immediately booked by referee Andre Marriner. Fabregas could well have been given a red card for the tackle into Sterling’s ankle had the game not have been in the early stages, but nevertheless the Chelsea man got away with it.

After the game, Rodgers gave his thoughts on the decision, and wasn’t happy Fabregas wasn’t punished more sternly for the tackle. He was quoted as saying: “It was a poor challenge. Fabregas should’ve been sent off – out of control, diving, stretching. It was early in the game (but) it doesn’t matter if it’s early, beginning of the second half, end of the game. It was a bad challenge and he deserved a red card for it.”

Chelsea were robust at the start of the match, and were showing their opponents that they were going to give them a rough time in the game, it certainly proved true for the opening 30 minutes, but the game did eventually calm down.

It could have even been argued that Fabergas could have been sent off for two yellow card offences in the first-half, with the Spaniard being penalised for tugging his opponent’s shirt, but he got away with it.

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