Alan Pardew has slammed referee Neil Swarbrick for his decision to show a yellow card to Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye during Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Swansea City at Selhurst Park.
You can watch Alan Pardew laying into the refereeing performance of Neil Swarbrick here, after he cautioned Yohan Cabaye for what was a truly innocuous challenge. The Palace boss is spot on in his analysis.
The Frenchman’s fifth caution of the season has ruled him out of the Eagles’ next Premier League tie at home to Chelsea, leaving what is an already injury hit squad looking for some semblance of positivity to take away from the festive period.
Whilst Pardew has consistently refused to bemoan the struggles his side have endured with personnel in recent weeks, he has pulled no punches in his assessment of the official’s performance on the day, and rightly so. Having seen the challenge again ourselves, Neil Swarbrick’s decision to caution Yohan looks extremely harsh, particularly when you consider the nature of some of the other challenges he let go without pulling out a card.
Not known for outbursts of dissent at referees, unlike some of our previous bosses, it is clear from Pardew’s comments attached above, that he has been left deeply frustrated by the rashness of Swarbrick’s decision making and is no doubt happy to risk a potential fine from the FA as a consequence for airing his views on the subject.
In many ways, it is the lack of consistency demonstrated by referees which most gets under the skin of those who are heavily entrenched within the game, given the regular sense of injustice that is stirred up amongst us all when decisions such as this are made.
Pardew, quite rightly, has taken a stand. We can only hope that the FA excersise common sense when reviewing his words on the matter, not that we’re holding our breath.