Chelsea have referee to thank as Gary Cahill avoids red card

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Chelsea have maintained their place at the top of the table and kept ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League table - but they did so with some serious help from the referee during their 2-0 victory.

Chris Foy had some big decisions to make during the Blues’ clash with Hull City, and got it right when he dismissed Tom Huddlestone for a poor challenge on Felipe Luis.

Shocking simulation

However, he got it completely wrong when he decided to not give Gary Cahill a second yellow card for what can only be described as an embarrassing piece of simulation on 52 minutes.

Cahill could have seen red for his initial challenge on Sone Aluko in the first-half, although the fact he only received a yellow wasn’t a terrible decision. His second decision was a poor piece of refereeing, though, as Cahill looked to con the referee into giving a penalty.

Deciding to not book the England centre back was made even more baffling by Foy’s earlier decisions to book players for diving. A lack of consistency was certainly the issue for Steve Bruce as he questioned the decisions post-match.

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The obvious question is would Chelsea have won if Cahill had been sent-off. 1-0 up after seven minutes, the Blues were good but not out-of-sight. And, if he'd been dismissed, then you'd be surprised if Huddlestone had gone on to make such a challenge on Luis. Frustration got the better of him.

We'll never know just how it would have played out, but the run of incidents, triggered by Foy not sending-off Cahill, pretty much guaranteed victory.

Foy has previously been unpopular at Chelsea, with manager Jose Mourinho questioning whether he should be allowed to referee another Blues match last season following a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

Mourinho's blind spot

His comments may be a little different this evening though, as the big decisions went the big club’s way and Chelsea stayed top of the table. As usual, ‘the Special One’ managed to avoid it however, insisting he didn’t see it and ‘doesn’t believe it.

“No, no, no. I don’t believe it. Gary Cahill dive, I don’t believe it,” he told BBC Radio 5Live after the game.

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