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  • I have to say, I think this theory on a UEFA "conspiracy" to prevent two English teams from contesting the final is pretty ludicrous.

    I think the far more likely explanation is that the ref had a stinker. End of. But then, I also hear Chelski fans complaining about the ref dismissing "3 or 4 clear penalty shouts". This is also an exaggeration in my opinion. The first pen shout was when Alves was holding back Malouda in the box. I must admit that was a bit of a cop out from the ref when he gave the freekick instead, but it would have been a VERY soft penalty had the ref gave it, and I'm pretty sure 99% of refs wouldn't have given it.

    Then we have the Drogba incident where he fell in the box. Yes there was a slight shirt pull and a bit of a tangle of legs, but the way Drogba fell was very theatrical. If that pen was given to Barca, Chelski fans would be livid. And yes, Cristiano wouldn't have gotten that decision either. Besides, Henry was hauled back by his shirt in the Nou Camp and that wasn't given either. So I guess that one makes you even.

    On to Pique's handball. Yes. No arguments. CLEAR penalty. But Sky have already confirmed that Anelka was blocking the view of the ref. And this "but the ball clearly changed direction" argument does not hold water with the ref. Just ask poor Darren Fletcher! The linesman should have helped the ref out, but if the ref didn't see it, he wasn't going to give a pen.

    I'm not even going to bother with the Eto'o "handball" because that's a non-starter. NO REF is EVER going to give that. I have no idea what Ballack was complaining about. Those kind of decisions will never be given.

    Chelski were very unlucky. Although, Drogba should buried that chance and when Abidal was sent off (thanks to another bad decision from the ref in Chelski's FAVOUR), Chelski should have been able to retain possession of the ball much better than they did against a 10 man Barca at home.

    At the end of the day, Chelski had maybe 2 bad decisions go against them and one big decision go for them (the Abidal sending off). But conspiracy? You're having a laugh.

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