Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has not taken kindly to the fact that referee Andre Marriner denied him a foul as he was tripped by striker Leroy Fer in the buildup to Swansea’s second goal.
Chelsea were cruising for much of the match after taking a first-half lead through Diego Costa, until a needless penalty conceded by Thibaut Courtois in the second half allowed Swansea to restore parity.
Just a couple of minutes following the away side’s equaliser, Gary Cahill’s poor first touch allowed a lurking Leroy Fer to steal possession. However, in doing so, he appeared to clip Cahill twice before emerging with the ball and finding the back of the net. Understandably, Cahill cut a frustrated figure after the game, blaming referee Andre Marriner for what seemed like a clear foul.
Cahill voiced his anger in his post-match interview (via Daily Mail): “It’s a clear foul. I’m frustrated. Come on, seriously! You could be sat on the moon and see it is a clear foul. I took the touch away from [Fer], he came through the back of me. It was clear as day and seeing it back has made me even more angry.
“It’s all fun and games for the fans, isn’t it, but it’s the players who suffer. That kills me and my team. We have dropped two points which is massive in this league. There were two fouls and between the officials they have said that they couldn’t see it. For me that is incredible.”
It is also understood that Cahill went to Marriner’s room to discuss the decision after the game. If that was not enough, the defender took to Twitter to post a short clip of the incident, before adding another tweet that read ‘Incredible’. Both tweets have since been deleted.
Cahill will be lucky to avoid a ban for his reaction as the FA’s rules regarding comments on match officials do not allow ‘comments which are improper, which bring the game into disrepute, which are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting [and/or] comments about match officials which imply bias, attack the officials’ integrity or which are personally offensive in nature.’
With John Terry suffering an injury at the end of the game, a potential suspension for Cahill could spell real trouble for Antonio Conte’s men, who face a tough run of fixtures in the league starting with a game against Liverpool on Friday.