The first game of the Premier League weekend today saw Chelsea haul back a two goal deficit to beat strugglers Southampton 3-2.
But the main talking point after the game surrounds a challenge by Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso on Shane Long.
The Spaniard came rushing in from behind the Irish forward just inside Saints’ half and proceeded to drag his studs down Long’s calf.
Long’s leg could be seen buckling under the force of the tackle but despite his teammates’ protestations, referee Mike Dean waved away their appeals.
The game was covered on RefCam and Stuart Martin felt the challenge warranted a red card: “Having had the opportunity to see the replay of the Alonso challenge on Long, Mike Dean should have seen the stamp and dismissed the Chelsea player.
“What’s disappointing is the fact that the referee was really well placed to have a clear view of the challenge and yet failed to deal with it correctly.”
Southampton will certainly feel aggrieved, had Chelsea had a man sent off shortly before half time and Mark Hughes’ side leading 1-0, The Saints may well look back on this result, and that decision, as a major turning point at the end of the season.