Chelsea appeal Thibaut Courtois ban

The Premier League  champions have launched an appeal against Thibaut Courtois’ red card during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Swansea.

The Belgian International was sent off on 52 minutes against Swansea. Match official, Michael Oliver penalised the Stamford Bridge side by handing a spot kick, which Bafetimbi Gomis converted to equalise the score and secure a point for the Welsh outfit. Blues boss Mourinho refused to talk about the incident after the game however he did imply that his side had been punished in the after-match press conference.

Former match referee Mark Halsey also tipped Chelsea to go for the appeal, saying that they have nothing to lose.

“The penalty was clear but whether or not to issue a red card was a very difficult decision for Michael Oliver, who is a talented young referee,” he said.

“He has to judge whether an obvious goalscoring opportunity has been denied, so when the incident occurs he’s got to consider a number of factors in a matter of seconds: the distance to the goal, the likelihood of Gomis keeping control of the ball, the direction of play and the location and number of defenders in close proximity.

“When you think of the incident in terms of those criteria, is there doubt? I have to say yes. Gomis has touched the ball away from goal and taken himself wide, and Gary Cahill is potentially in a position to cover.”