Sky Sports pundits see funny side of Fabregas’ red card against West Brom

Chelsea may have won the league but they weren’t willing to take their game at West Brom on Monday night easy.

The Blues were fired up from the word go, with the returning Diego Costa adding some bite back into the team, but Jose Mourinho’s side went down to ten men early on as Cesc Fabregas saw red in the first-half for a bizarre incident.

The Spanish midfielder fired a ball at Chris Brunt’s head from distance while the referee was trying to calm the players down after an incident involving Diego Costa in the box, with the Blues already down 1-0.

Fabregas was sent off for the shot, and Chelsea were left to play the rest of their final away game of the season with ten men.

But Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville couldn’t help but see the funny side of the incident, with Neville labelling Fabregas’ hit as “a hell of a strike”.

“I’m not sure why Eden Hazard throws the ball to Fabregas. There’s definitely intent to want the ball [from Fabregas]. I have to say, it’s a hell of a strike. I think it’s a red, because it’s stupid,” he said laughing during the halftime analysis.

“The referee never really has control of the situation. It’s a bizarre one but it’s a red card because it’s dangerous. The ball could have hit the referee and broken someone’s nose.”

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Carragher also agreed the incident deserved a red card but feels that the whole situation could have been avoided if the defenders ignored Costa’s antics beforehand.

“I’d have loved to have played against him [Diego Costa]. If I was against him I’d say ‘stop there, get on with the game’. That would have stopped all that followed.

“I think it’s probably a red card but not my favourite of the season.”

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Toronto’s Jozy Altidore apologises for USMNT dismissal

Toronto FC‘s Jozy Altidore has apologised for his reckless sending off in the US Men’s National Team‘s 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Tuesday.

“I want to apologize to our fans and my teammates,” Altidore said after the game.

“Emotion got the best of me and I put our team in a tough position. That’s not the type of role model I want to be. All credit to the boys for grinding it out and earning a positive result.”

Altidore received a second yellow card for dissent towards referee Luca Banti, leaving his side to play out the final 20 minutes a man down.

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Just 12 minutes after his sending off, the USMNT conceded the equaliser, adding to Altidore’s frustration. But a 1-1 draw with one of Europe’s better sides isn’t to be looked down upon and he can make amends with his Toronto side this weekend as they face Chicago Fire.

Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters after the game that he warned his players about the referee.

“I told the players, even at halftime, ‘Guys, you can do probably fouls, you can do certain things, but you can’t joke with an Italian referee. It’s unfortunate but it happened and when you get sent off for a verbal comment with an Italian referee, then you get your punishment,” Klinsmann said with a smile.

Did Jozy Altidore’s red card cost the USMNT the game?