EPL Villain of the Week: Chris Foy

Timothy NCorrespondent ISeptember 1, 2010

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:  Referee Chris Foy looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal at Ewood Park on August 28, 2010 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

This past weekend was a less than exciting weekend of Premiership ball with none of the shockers the first two weeks produced.

In action after their rampage from a week before was Arsenal playing against the reeling Blackburn Rovers.

Arsenal once again turned in a fine performance of slick passing and fluent football.  That is, until the second half when Cesc Fabregas was taken off the field.

Once again, Arsenal struggled without their captain on the pitch and the Rovers took full advantage of it.

Blackburn pressed for much of the last thirty minutes but simply could not find a way through. However, during the last ten minutes of play, a series of attacks by Blackburn finally managed to stay in the Arsenal box.

In two series, Blackburn players were fouled with no attempts on the ball by Arsenal in the box, and at the 82nd minute two fouls occurred back to back.

So what were the calls from referee Chris Foy?

Play on.

Not a single whistle or second look at multiple fouls inside the box when Arsenal were on their back foot.

While the crowd continually roared at every opportunity, it was those three fouls that the Blackburn players were actually appealing for and on the video replay that the commentators and home viewers were allowed to see in slow motion, it is clear that at least one penalty should have been given to Blackburn.

Considering that all the momentum was in Blackburn's favor, it is not outside of the realm of possibility that the Rover coul have least a drew, or maybe even against Arsenal.

So, for denying a team any chance of victory, despite multiple instances of being fouled, and at home no less, referee Chris Foy is the EPL villain of the week.


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