Ref Neil Swarbrick

Ref Neil Swarbrick’s appalling call in Chelsea v Swansea

Chelsea v Swansea

Referee Ref Neil Swarbrick attracted plenty of criticism of Saturday at Stamford Bridge when he made a terrible decision at a critical point during the second half of Chelsea v Swansea.

The match looked like a simple three points for the champions elect before kick off, and that seemed to be the case when the Blues took an early lead.

Eden Hazard and Pedro were involved in the build up as Cesc Fabregas scored on his 300th Premier League appearance.

But in first half injury time Fernando Llorente – who was linked with a move to Chelsea in January, headed home from a Gylfi Sigurdsson set-piece.

Ref Neil Swarbrick’s appalling call

Early in the second half, Swansea should have won a penalty.

Sigurdsson advanced into the Chelsea box on the left hand side, and he was stopped in his tracks by a handball from Cesar Azpilicueta.

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It was a clear penalty, a clear handball.

And yet the official didn’t see it.

Minutes later Chelsea went up the other end and Pedro made it 2-1.

Pictures of the handball are below.

Cesar Azpilicueta v Swansea

Cesar Azpilicueta v Swansea, angle two