John Terry has admitted to asking referee, Phil Dowd, to send off Swansea's Chico Flores in Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Swansea at The Liberty Stadium, yesterday.
The Spaniard was dismissed after just 16 minutes for two yellow cards and Terry says he told Dowd that the foul on Andre Schurrle was worthy of another caution. He said: "I just said, 'It's a second yellow for me'."
Flores had been shown his first yellow just two minutes earlier after fouling Willian, and Terry thought Dowd was right to make such a big call early on. He said: "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."
Chelsea managed to make the most of their one-man advantage when Demba Ba scored in the 68th minute after latching on to a Nemanja Matic through ball. And Terry was glad his side could make the most of their opportunity. He said: "Thankfully we managed to take advantage."
Swansea boss, Garry Monk, believes Dowd was not going to produce a red card initially. He said: "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 then accused the Chelsea players and staff of putting pressure on Dowd to brandish a red card to his defender. He 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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