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The were some big decisions over the weekend as usual, and the officials left plenty of fans wondering what they could've been thinking after the final whistle.
In the fifth minute of Sunderland vs. Liverpool, Uruguayan Luis Suarez was off after Kieran Richardson's error gifted him the ball, and the Sunderland defender pulled Suarez down in the box.
Phil Dowd awarded a penalty (which Suarez missed spectacularly), but only a yellow card to Richardson, presumably because Suarez was moving away from goal at that point. But he was moving away to get around the keeper, so he could slot the ball easily into the empty net. The rule clearly needs some defining.
Over on Tyneside, Arsenal and Newcastle were battling out a dreadfully boring 0-0 draw, when Peter Walton put himself in the middle of the action (much to Joey Barton's displeasure).
Arsenal striker Gervinho went down looking for a penalty in the 76th minute, and Barton came up and pulled the Ivorian up by his shirt, yelling at him. Gervinho tapped Barton across the face and was rightly sent off, but Barton only received a yellow card when he was at fault for starting the whole melee!
Walton also missed an earlier moment when Alex Song clearly stamped on Barton's leg when he was already down.
On Sunday, Chelsea were held to a stalemate, but they had one very big penalty claim when Frank Lampard was brought down by Marc Wilson in the second half against Stoke.
Lampard was on his way down, but overall, the officials were not incredibly inspiring in the opening round of fixtures this season.