#CampaignAgainstChelsea

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The persecution of Chelsea has gone ignored for far too long on 1FF. Their official club website illuminates just how bad it's got -

http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2015/03/penalty-puzzle.html

Penalty puzzle

After our draw with Southampton on Sunday, Jose Mourinho was asked by the media if his team would get another penalty in the league before the end of the season.

That was after Branislav Ivanovic was denied a clear spot-kick when his leg was scraped from behind as he charged into the box.

We were of course the recipient of a spot-kick in our last European encounter, when PSG’s Thiago Silva obviously handled in the area, but Champions League referees have spotted penalty incidents throughout, with four also given our way in the group stage.

It is in our 28 Premier League games this season where we have been awarded just two penalties. Both were for infringements on the league’s most-fouled player, Eden Hazard, and both were in home London derbies, against Arsenal and QPR respectively. The most recent was four-and-a-half months ago.

Historically, this figure seems abnormally low.

In the Double-winning 2009/10 campaign, when we were the country’s outstanding attacking team, we were awarded 12 league penalties. Those fouled included Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Yury Zhirkov, Salomon Kalou, Branislav Ivanovic (pictured below) and Nicolas Anelka. The following year, when we finished second, we were given eight spot-kicks.

Even in our sixth-placed 2011/12 campaign, our lowest league finish under the current ownership, the Blues were the recipient of five penalties (plus seven more in other competitions including in the victorious Champions League and FA Cup runs). There were 11 league penalties the following year when we came third.

Last season, Jose Mourinho’s first back at Stamford Bridge, we were awarded seven spot-kicks in the league, for fouls on Eden Hazard, Oscar (pictured below), Ramires, Samuel Eto’o (twice), Fernando Torres and Mohamed Salah.

So this season’s tally of two unquestionably bucks the recent trend yet our position as clear league leaders and second-highest scorers suggests we can’t be labelled anything other than an attacking side, spending plenty of time in the opposition box.

Our two closest challengers in the Premier League this season, Manchester City and Arsenal, have both been awarded seven penalties – the most in the division. City have only scored one goal more than Chelsea and Arsenal two less.

Last term, the two teams that finished above us in the league – Man City and Liverpool – were awarded more penalties than any other team bar us.

Of course, it could be that when teams have played the league leaders they have been particularly careful inside their own area. We all have plenty of recollections suggesting this is not the case however.

From the first half of our very first league game, at Burnley, a number of key penalty-box decisions have not gone our way, Diego Costa the victim that evening after being felled trying to round the keeper. He should have been awarded Shed End penalties against Liverpool and PSG recently, too.

At Old Trafford in late October, both John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic were wrestled to the ground (above) as they tried to attack an in-swinging free-kick in front of the Stretford End. Cesc Fabregas was then cruelly booked (pictured top) after being tripped inside the area at Southampton and four days later Tottenham escaped after handling close to their own goal.

All those were before Sunday’s incident involving Ivanovic and the previous home game against Burnley when the right-back’s goalbound shot was infamously blocked by the clearest of raised arms.

Below is a list of the penalty numbers for this season so far, and the five campaigns before:

Premier League penalties awarded to Chelsea

2014/15 – 2

2013/14 – 7

2012/13 – 11

2011/12 – 5

2010/11 – 8

2009/10 - 12
Not sure how much longer the authorities can get away with this.
 

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"That was after Branislav Ivanovic was denied a clear spot-kick when his leg was scraped from behind as he charged into the box."

Ahahaha. We were lucky with the Fabregas one at home though.
 
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Definitely is an abnormally low penalty count though.

Not really sure I approve of the approach the club increasingly seem to be adopting but, unlike certain other clubs, it's not like we can rely on any goodwill from the media (quite the reverse). So yeah, fuck it, why not...
 
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Who are those teams though? Are they predominantly teams in the bottom half of the table? Not gonna go into full paranoid conspiracy theorist mode, but it does seem weird that the league leaders, who will spend a completely disproportionate amount of time on the attack and in the opposition penalty box, have only be awarded two penalties in 28 games.
 

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Who are those teams though? Are they predominantly teams in the bottom half of the table? Not gonna go into full paranoid conspiracy theorist mode, but it does seem weird that the league leaders, who will spend a completely disproportionate amount of time on the attack and in the opposition penalty box, have only be awarded two penalties in 28 games.
Mostly, but Manchester United and Southampton are level with Chelsea.
 

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Who are those teams though? Are they predominantly teams in the bottom half of the table? Not gonna go into full paranoid conspiracy theorist mode, but it does seem weird that the league leaders, who will spend a completely disproportionate amount of time on the attack and in the opposition penalty box, have only be awarded two penalties in 28 games.
Suarez was such a diving c*** he often used to get loads of genuine fouls not given against him because refs became immune to his constant falls.

Your diving whinging mob are probably now viewed the same way, which is a lovely bit of karma.
 

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The most shocking statistic is that we've had something like 6 pens in Europe this season in 8 games? We've had 2 in 28 in the prem.

There is no doubt whatsoever that we've had penalties not given because of reputation of players, maybe that's a bit of karma for all the shithousery our players get up to....I'm thinking Costa and Ivanovic here.

We've had some pretty appalling decisions go against us.
 

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The most shocking statistic is that we've had something like 6 pens in Europe this season in 8 games? We've had 2 in 28 in the prem.

There is no doubt whatsoever that we've had penalties not given because of reputation of players, maybe that's a bit of karma for all the shithousery our players get up to....I'm thinking Costa and Ivanovic here.

We've had some pretty appalling decisions go against us.
Zlatan disagrees
 

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The clear disdain to Chelsea by officials and the media proves even those professions are performed by humans.
 

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The clear disdain to Chelsea by officials and the media proves even those professions are performed by humans.

I'd agree with that, except perhaps tabloid journalists, in particular anything that writes for the Fail.
 

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It goes without saying that we've also received some pretty favourable decisions too....We've had far more go against us though.
In that case they've evened themselves out and there is no 'campaign' against Chelsea by the media/referees?
 

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What has racism got to do with the supposed campaign against the club from the media/FA/referee?

If you want to start a new thread then go ahead, doubt anyone will take it seriously. Everyone on here is against all forms of racism. I think Man City had arrests for racism too, shall we talk about that too.
 

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We refuse to fall out with Chelsea, as we regard them as friends

Thanks

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What has racism got to do with the supposed campaign against the club from the media/FA/referee?

If you want to start a new thread then go ahead, doubt anyone will take it seriously. Everyone on here is against all forms of racism. I think Man City had arrests for racism too, shall we talk about that too.
Go ahead.

It was about the whole conspiracy idea that the world has it in for Chelsea.
 

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