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That Cahill Red Card

Our knack of picking up red cards in major finals continues.

On the back of losing Dan Petrescu (European Cup Winners Cup Final) ad Didier Drogba (European Cup Final) we saw Gary Cahill receive his marching orders in the FIFA Club World Cup Final yesterday.

However, there was an element of confusion when it came to analyzing exactly what Cahill did to deserve an instant red card, even more so when the central defender hasn`t so much as picked up a yellow card all season.

Talking to the press, Gary gave his version of events and, reading between the lines, it appears that he was, probably, a little hard done by with the centre-back remarking,

"We tangled up, he lashed out with his arm and hit me in the face."

"That was out of order but I reacted in a bad way. But there`s two sides to it."

"I got smashed in the face but I didn`t roll around on the floor for five minutes holding my head. I got up, reacted and tapped him on the shin."

"The reaction of the guy is totally out of order for what I did, if you see the impact."

"It wouldn`t have been enough to knock over my one-year-old daughter. I`m still angry."

"He felt the need to go down, roll around on the floor for about five times holding his face. I suppose that`s the story of the game really."

"It was late on; it wasn`t as if it was in the 60th minute. I could have got him sent off if I`d rolled around for five minutes after he hit me."

The red card leaves Cahill banned for the forthcoming Capital One Cup quarter-final against Leeds united this Wednesday and sweating on a further FIFA ban,

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 17 2012

Time: 4:41PM

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Prior to that I thot Gary was gonna kick the living shet out of Emerson after the ball went out of bounds and they tangled. Love that spirit, grit and fight but it needs to be harnessed. Respect Gary a lot, top drawer, future Chelsea star no doubt.
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17/12/2012 17:27:00

Strangely, no replay on TV of what happened. So we may never know.
Blue Day
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17/12/2012 17:56:00

This was really bizarre..i saw nothing that warranted a red and interestingly this Ref is the exact same guy who sent of JT during our match against Barca.
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17/12/2012 18:31:00

Yea,it was the same ref that sent off terry,but it was deservedly,terry commit a stupid foul,same as cahill(accordin to his comments,i have not seen replay) matter what,u dont retaliate on the pitch especially when u are on the losin side as u would only pile more misery on your this level of professional football,they ought to have known that retaliation is a grave offence..there is no room for stupidity on the pitch,guess he has learnt that the hard way..
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