Referee ensures 'Fer' play as City draw at Norwich
Another week another controversial incident.
Thankfully this time it didn't cost Cardiff a goal.
After being over run for the most part by Norwich, and witnessing another David Marshall man of the match performance, Cardiff were nearly beaten in controversial style deep in injury time.
Marshall put the ball out of play to allow treatment to Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey who was down injured. Instead of using the throw in to pass the ball back to Marshall, Ricky van Wolfswinkel threw it to his team mate Leroy Fer and the midfielder placed the ball past the astounded keeper into the empty net.
A mass brawl ensued as Fer was yelled at for his unsporting behaviour and things threatened to get out of hand.
Thankfully this week the referee was right on top of his game and he disallowed the goal and claimed he had not signalled for the throw in to be taken in the first place.
Fer himself thought he'd done nothing wrong.
“I meant to score, I wanted to win the game,” said the Dutchman.“In this situation I just wanted to score because it was a 0-0 draw.“In Holland If they throw the ball away and you want to play on, you can play on. I see now that in England it’s different.“Next time I’ll make sure I give the ball back to the keeper."
Norwich boss Chris Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood told Malky Mackay they would have allowed Cardiff to walk the ball into an open goal had the goal stood.
"Immediately Colin and Chris came up and said, 'If Mick Jones gives it, we'll let you walk it into our net'," said Mackay.
"There was complete calmness from both benches. The boys were a little bit heated, but I think common sense prevailed.
"Everyone in the stadium, bar the boy (Fer) himself, sees that would've been an awful end to a football game and would've been poor for our league which is held in high regard throughout the world."
Cardiff had been on the receiving end for most of this game and Norwich will wonder how they didn't manage a goal after out shooting Cardiff by 31 efforts on goal to 6.
Actually, the best save of the match came from the home keeper John Ruddy when he denied Jordon Mutch from point blank range, this after a sweet Cardiff move down the right.
It was a tough afternoon for the 1400 or so City fans crammed into the corner of the Jarrold Stand. The final whistle was a relief. The point kept Cardiff above Norwich and actually moved City up two places but that will change if West Ham get anything at Swansea on Sunday.
Talking of Swansea. Next Sunday, November 3rd, ko 4pm
Cardiff City v Swansea City.
Source: Cardiff City Online
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