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'Well said Hughesy!

Chances are that Richard Hughes' comments about the ref last night, Lee Mason, will land him in hot water - then again he WAS right though!

He told The News that he felt Florent Malouda must have led with an elbow to have 'fractured' Rocha John Rocha's cheekbone, so 'if you are not going to get sent off for fracturing a cheekbone with an elbow, you might as well scrap the rule of red cards for an elbow.'

In the lead up to the opening Chelski goal, aided by the bobble off the pitch, there was a blatant foul on Jamie O'Hara, which went unpunished with Mason branded 'indifferent' at best: 'I though the referee was indifferent all night at best.

'Ultimately, the first goal was not his fault - but it was a ridiculous non-decision not to give the free-kick.'

As for the Tommy Smith incident, where he suffered a broken nose, this was right in front of me - well near enough.

I cannot say I saw what happened, but do not think there was any intent, but you could CLEARLY see that Smith had a head injury, the blood was pouring out, yet play was not stopped, even with Smith literally YARDS away from the linesman, for ages!

That, along with the 'non-decision' for the freekick, were just a few of the 'useless' calls that Mason and co made: 'Tommy's was another decision. It wasn't an intentional collision, but it's a head injury right in front of the linesman.

'There were a lot of useless decisions like that.'

'Major decisions went against us, but even without that I thought he (Mason ) was useless all night.'

The officials were shocking - granted we probably would have lost anyway as Chelski WERE superior, aided by the 'strange' selection, but had we not conceded that first goal when we did, having got the foul, and had Malouda been dealt with as he probably should you never know...

Like I say, I think Hughes - who had a decent game I thought, even if he missed a sitter - will probably be punished for his criticism of the officials, although it was well said anyway!

Speaking of Smith 'word on the street' has it that Wolves remain 'interested' in him and Aaron Mokoena - so a 'double swoop', with both loaned back to us, not sure how that could work though given other rules in place, could happen?

Mokoena, for all his lacking if footballing ability is someone you cannot fault for his effort and commitment - that said I would not be that disappointed if he went, but WOULD be if Smith did as I could see him being a major player for us next season in the No Power league...

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 25 2010

Time: 3:18PM

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/25/florent-malouda-daniel-sturridge-escape-punishment? Here's a question: How did the referee "deal with this incident at the time" regarding the Tommy Smith elbow? Smith's nose was broken and he went down holding his face and the referee didn't even stop play! It took 20 secs at least before Chelsea knocked it out of play... then then the ref spent AGES getting the physio on despite several Chelsea players calling for the physio waving arms etc. If he saw the challenge at all he should have stopped play... clearly he didn't see the challenge.. so how could he possibly be deemed as dealing with it at the time?
Liquor&Poker
Hughes comments aside, having listened on quay and watched the game on sky I don't think a different ref would have changed the outcome.
russellm
Chelsea would still have won but it might not have been 5-0. Having sat getting damp all evening, it was a miserable night made worse by these decisions. It seems that, given the Gerard incident the other week, if you're considered a top club you can just hack down Pompey players and send them to hospital and that's OK - and it makes me furious. Chelsea would have won anyway, they didn't need to be dirty cheating cockney b'stds to do so, but they were anyway, sanctioned by the officials.
tracyc
Still it put it all into context watching the poor chap in the north lower who was taken ill, being given heart compressions for 20 minutes before being stretchered off to hospital at half time. I understand he's stable, have to say I feared the worst. I wish him well and our best wishes are with him and his family.
tracyc
 

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