Scolari attacks Lampard red card

February 2nd, 2009 - 1:35 pm ICT by IANS  

ChelseaLondon, Feb 2 (DPA) Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari urged the Football Association (FA) to overturn Frank Lampard’s dismissal in his side’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.The midfielder was sent-off on the hour for a challenge on Xabi Alonso. His foot was shin-high and studs were raised, but there seemed little force in the tackle. The score was 0-0 at the time, but Liverpool went on to dominate and scored two late goals through Fernando Torres.

Scolari did, though, admit that full-back Jose Bosingwa could be sanctioned after a bizarre incident in which he placed his foot in the back of Yossi Benayoun as he shielded the ball, and shoved him off the pitch.

The incident was not punished by match referee Mike Riley.

“I do not want to criticize the referee. All I ask is that he looks at the video with the men from the FA,” Scolari told reporters.

“If they agree that Lampard did not commit a foul for his red card, maybe they will change the decision.”

The loss of Lampard “changed the game for us 1 million per cent. We lost the middle and did not have the ball,” Scolari said. “They created more chances and had more possession. And they were able to score the goals after that decision.”

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