GRAHAM POLL: Forget final emotion, ref Rosetti was spot on to show red

07 May 2009 09:43
GRAHAM POLL WEBCHAT LIVE AT 1pm: Were Chelsea robbed?  Does Darren Fletcher deserve to have his red card rescinded? Ask him your question.[LNB]Italian referee Roberto Rosetti had a fine match and can justify in law the penalty he gave after Darren Fletcher brought down Cesc Fabregas. [LNB]When commentators and former players say: 'He got the ball, it can't be a foul,' they are wrong. [LNB]Even though Fletcher got a slight touch on the ball, Rosetti felt it was impossible for the Manchester United midfielder to avoid taking his opponent in the follow-through. Therefore, he had no option but to dismiss the Scot. [LNB]The United player stretches across Fabregas and gets the merest touch on the ball as the Spaniard bursts through on goal[LNB] In his follow through, Fletcher brings his opponent crashing down (above and below)[LNB] [LNB] [LNB] Leaving ref Rosetti little choice but to give the United man his marching orders[LNB]As for an appeal, UEFA do not entertain them except in cases of mistaken identity. [LNB]They follow FIFA's mandate that the referee's decision is final andany player shown a red card must serve a minimum one-match suspension. [LNB]That match, unfortunately for Fletcher and United, is the showpiece event of European club football. [LNB]  Arsenal 1 United 3 (agg 1-4): Ronaldo and Park blow away GunnersSame again for Sir Alex! Manchester United boss eyes second straight Champions League title MARTIN SAMUEL: Messi will be hard pressed to top this Ronaldo supershowDouble denial: United rule out moves for stars Ribery and Kaka this summerARSENAL FC

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