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Petr Cech rejects foul claims over Chelsea goal

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Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech has offered Cardiff City 'keeper David Marshall little sympathy following his blunder at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, reports The Daily Mirror.

The laws of the game deem that when a goalkeeper bounces the ball it is within his full control, and that is the exact point giving rise to the controversy surrounding Chelsea's equaliser.

Blues striker Samuel Eto'o snuck around Marshall to nick the ball out of his grasp as he bounced it, before laying the ball off to Belgian Eden Hazard to level the scores at 1-1.

However, Cech believes his opposite number did not have the ball fully under control and praised the referee for making an accurate ruling on a largely unfamiliar situation.

"It's always a difficult question, when you lose control or not lose control," he told reporters.

"What I know is that if you throw the ball to kick it out, nobody can touch you because it counts as one motion.

"In terms of bouncing it's not one motion, so it's totally up to the referee to decide whether the goalkeeper had control of the ball or not.

"The referee had the perfect view of it, he was very close and he decided to give it.

"In this case you have to go with the referee, it's an unusual situation, but as long as the referee is happy with it, the goal is in.

"As a goalkeeper you make sure when you have control of the ball, you look around and make sure nobody can touch it.

"When you bounce the ball, when you don't have the ball in your hands, you don't have full control and the referee made the decision he felt was correct."

Few men disagree with the Chelsea man more so than Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, who has written a letter to referees' chief Mark Riley asking for clarification on the incident.

What do you make of the goal? Was referee Anthony Taylor right to let the goal stand? Have you say in the comments section.

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