Originally posted by schakuhr
I don't agree. I think the match was quite balanced over 180 minutes. In the end Chelsea was simply less lucky.
This is not about Chelsea - this is about football and its integrity as a global sport.
You were obviously watching a different game and not understanding the point of my OP.
The game was NOT balanced. Evidence: Barcelona had the majority of possession. Chelsea had the majority of the chances on goal. Chelsea had 4 penalty appeals turned down (albeit Barca had one in the first leg) two of which were obvious infringements that even a 5 year old would have called. Barca had the only sending off - which was another poor decision.
There could have been a conspiracy. Firstly, does anybody here really believe football is above corruption? No? Good, so we agree that this is within the realms of possibility.
The money, prestige and power associated with football is incredible. The head of Fifa publicly called Jose (and Abramovich by association) the enemies of football. Platini has made no secret of his desire to see an end of the English Premierships domination of the European game. Platini sits on Sep Blatters lap in terms of power and ambition. Blatter has been investigated in 2002 over financial irregularities and accusations of bribes.
So you want to swing a game - what do you do? You put an inexperienced ref in place and set him up as the patsy. He is encouraged to favour one side but only in the difficult but match deciding decisions. In the fall-out Uefa ban him from refereeing top games - this is not a problem as he didn't do that before anyway! The post match death threat stories are scaled up after the match and the poor ref takes early retirement and a big payoff in sympathy from Uefa. No risk and everybody is happy.
Also, why do you think that FIFA have not introduced pitch-side replays for referees? It works well in rugby. The answer is that as soon as you bring them in, there is more visibility and accountability to ensure ALL decisions are fair and accurate – and FIFA/UEFA loses some control and influence.
Wake up football fans - it's happening!!