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Chelsea gained one point; West Brom lost two points but the biggest loser in all was the sport. Gleyber Torres Jersey . Referee Andre Marriners decision to award Chelsea a 94th-minute penalty on Saturday was one of the most controversial decisions the Premier League has seen in some time. On the line was Jose Mourinhos unbeaten home league record as manager at Stamford Bridge, dating back to 2004. It appeared the streak was coming to an end until Ramires fell under a challenge by defender Steven Reid. Check out the play and judge for yourself. Was it a dive? No. Was it a foul? Absolutely not. Reid simply ran towards the ball and watched the Brazilian fall underneath him. Mistakes happen, referees are only human, but what about those who do not think it was a mistake? Mourinho, speaking after the game, said: "I am sure it was a penalty, I have watched it from different angles, no doubt that is a penalty." It would be easy to believe this is a comment from a man, who likes the limelight, sticking up for his team. However, if that was the case would he really go over the top in selling it as a no doubt penalty? I truly believe Mourinho, much like Marriner, believes it was a penalty and if that is the case the sport is heading down a very dangerous path. The penalty box extends 16.5 metres (54 ft) to each side of the goal and 16.5 metres (54 ft) in front of it. Those measurements have been in place since 1901. They are not going to change anytime soon, but they certainly should. If someone had never watched the sport, before today, and you had to explain to them what happened, the first question from them would surely be why is the blue team allowed a free one on one shot with no defenders in front of them when a player, nowhere near the goal, was brushed aside by a defender. Foul or no foul the punishment is far too harsh for the crime committed. Or, in this case, not committed. The awarding of a penalty is a massive moment in a football match. A referee has to be absolutely convinced a foul has taken place before pointing to the spot. This is where he needs help from the sports governing bodies and the players. The decision is so monumental he needs time to be able to make that judgment. He should also be allowed to discuss the moment with his assistants, but in a game that allows players to barrage officials with abuse that would be impossible. With the game played at a rapid pace and more and more rules put in place to help attackers and hinder defenders, the regular awarding of penalties throughout the sport globally (not just the Premier League) is a problem. And it is getting worse. Here is a look at stats (via Opta) of the amount of penalties taken each season in the Premier League. Season Penalties Taken Goals (pen) Success (per cent) 2013-14 25 19 76.0 2012-13 85 68 80.0 2011-12 100 72 72.0 2010-11 105 81 77.1 2009-10 111 86 77.5 2008-09 85 67 78.8 2007-08 88 68 77.3 2006-07 112 87 77.7 2005-06 76 57 75.0 2004-05 84 66 78.6 2003-04 89 69 77.5 2002-03 92 75 81.5 2001-02 73 48 65.8 2000-01 68 54 79.4 1999-00 85 65 76.5 1998-99 73 51 69.9 1997-98 72 57 79.2 1996-97 80 61 76.3 1995-96 68 53 77.9 1994-95* 97 67 69.1 1993-94* 99 81 81.8 1992-93* 92 61 66.3 *The first three seasons featured 22 PL teams and, subsequently, 462 matches played as opposed to 380 per season that take place in a 20-team league. Let us separate the Premier League into three different sections, with seven full seasons in each. Penalties awarded in the first seven seasons (92-93 to 98-99) - 581. An average of 83 per season. Penalties awarded in the next seven seasons (99-00-05-06) - 567. An average of 81 per season. Penalties awarded in last seven seasons (05-06-12-13) - 686. An average of 98 per season. The average amount of penalties awarded in the first 14 seasons of the Premier League was 82 with no season reaching the century mark in penalties awarded, even when 82 more games were being played. In the last seven seasons there has been four seasons where penalties awarded has reached 100 or more and the average is up by 16 per season! You dont need stats to know there are far more diving incidents and penalty appeals in the game than there once was. Managers say the right thing about ending diving in the game but ultimately it hasnt stopped players trying to gain an advantage over their fellow professionals. That was not the case with Ramires on Saturday but what happened is a direct consequence to the ongoing pressure placed on referees. Asking referees to make a judgment call on an accusation of intent (diving) simply gives them too much to think about. Put that next to comments by Mourinho setting the standard that the Ramires incident is a penalty and you can understand why more and more players try to win penalties. Its an epidemic created by the modern game and it is here to stay. Get ready for the next controversial penalty decision because it is coming much quicker than it used to. Stephen Tarpley Jersey . The Twins announced Thursday the 28-year-old Albers cleared waivers. He will join the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. Custom Derek Jeter Jersey . - Dominika Cibulkova erased three match points in the second set Wednesday and beat Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open. http://www.customyankeesjersey.com/custom-estevan-florial-jersey-large-2104i.html . Diego Costa headed in Gabis corner seven minutes from time to secure victory ahead of the return match in Madrid on March 11. "We know that at Madrid it will be another game, which will also be important and very difficult," Milan coach Clarence Seedorf said.MONTREAL - That Wandrille Lefevre and Maxim Tissot played a hand in the Montreal Impacts 2-2 draw at Chicago last week was not big news around Major League Soccer. But it was significant for Montreal, as both are graduates of the Impact Academy, which was set up in 2010 to develop mainly local talent for the pro team. Lefevre, and possibly Tissot, may see more action in Houston tonight when the third-place Impact (13-9-7) take on the fourth-place Dynamo (12-10-8) in a key battle in the Eastern Conference playoff race. "Weve always had a good pool of players in Quebec," assistant coach Mauro Biello said Thursday. "Now that we have the academy, we can mould them the way we want. "Itll be an advantage to us. I think well see the results over the next five to seven years." Against Chicago, Lefevre had a strong game replacing injured central defender Alessandro Nesta. Tissot substituted for Andrew Wenger in the midfield in the 67th minute. Twenty minutes later, he headed in the equalizer. The 23-year-old Lefevre, a native of France who moved to Montreal as a teenager, and 21-year-old Tissot, of Gatineau, Que., are among five academy graduates to sign with the MLS team. The others are defender Karl Ouimette of Repentigny, Que., Morocco native Zakaria Messoudi of Montreal and goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau of Greenfield Park, Que. Tissot has appeared in three MLS games and has a goal and an assist, both in matches against Chicago. Lefevre has played two. "Tissot had a very good training camp but then got injured," said Biello. "He came back and started a game against Salt Lake, but then broke a toe. "Hes shown good things. Hes got his rhythm back. He had a solid game against C.D. Heredia (in the CONCACAF Champions League) and then he got into the game in Chicago and scored. "Lefevres a little older. He had a solid game against Chicago." Before they joined MLS last season, the Impact were a power in various leagues for most of the previous 18 seasons, always with a strong core of local players. Some now coach or manage the club, including Biello, sporting director Nick De Santis, director of soccer operations Matt Jordan, team manager Adam Braz and academy coaches Jason DiTullio and Simon Gatti. But the calibre of play is higher in MLS, and the Impact have imported most of their starters from Europe and South America, plus Americans like goalie Troy Perkins, fullback Jeb Brovsky and midfielder Justin Mapp. The only local in the starting 11 is 34-year-old Patrice Bernier. The midfielder from Brossard, Que., began his pro career with the Impact in the A-League from 20000 to 2002, played nine seasons in Europe and returned when the club entered MLS in 2012. Casey Stengel Jersey. They hope to produce more and get back to that local flavour under Impact assistant coach Philippe Eullaffroy, the Frenchman who has been director of the academy since its inception. His work is beginning to pay off. "Were very happy with the progress of our young players," said Biello. The 37-year-old Nesta, nursing a groin injury, and midfielder Hernan Bernardello, who is recovering from a sprained ankle, did not make the trip to Houston. Bernardello has resumed practising with the team and may be ready for a home game next week against New England. Coach Marco Schallibaum keeps his starting 11 secret, but it is likely that Lefevre will be back in Nestas spot, with Tissot on the bench. Midfielder Felipe Martins will return after serving a one-game suspension for accumulating five yellow cards, which will bump a player, likely Wenger, from the formation. The Impact beat Houston twice at home this season 2-0 and 5-0, but they expect a tougher match at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo have found their legs of late, with two wins and a draw in their last three games. "As a coach, when you get beat by a team by zero, thats always the first reminder," said Biello. "Theyll be ready to make amends. "We expect a playoff-type game." Marco Di Vaio, the MLS leader with 19 goals, has three against Houston this season. Felipe has two goals and a pair of assists. The Dynamo are starting a run of three home games against the best of the Eastern Conference and hope to use that to nail down a playoff position. After Montreal, striker Will Bruin and his Houston teammates will face second-place Kansas City and first-place New York. Montreal, which has a win and two draws in its last three road games, holds a two-point lead on Houston with a game in hand. The Impact have five games left to play in the regular season, only two of them at home. "This is a good opportunity for us," Dynamo captain Brad Davis told the clubs website. "This Friday is the most important one. "We can jump Montreal in the standings and, hopefully, give ourselves room." Notes _ The game was to have aired in French on TVA Sport, but was bumped by an Ottawa Senators hockey game to RDSinfo, which normally runs sports news in a 30-minute loop. . . The Impact opened its new FieldTurf practice pitch next to Saputo Stadium this week. The field will also be used by the academy and some neighborhood teams, and will be home field for the University of Quebec at Montreal varsity squad. ' ' '

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