Phuket Sports: Premier League round up and look ahead

PHUKET: Top flight referee Mark Clattenburg, has been accused by Chelsea of using “inappropriate language”, including alleged racist comments to John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata during last weekend’s loss to Manchester United.

The official caused controversy during the game before these allegations came to light by sending off Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres in Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat. To compound Chelsea’s misery, Manchester United’s Hernandez scored a 75th minute winner from an offside position. Clattenburg will not be officiating this weekend.

The Merseyside derby was all about Luis Suarez. David Moyes stoked the flames before the game, claiming the Uruguayan has a tendency to go down too easily when challenged. Suarez played a part in Leighton Baine’s own goal to give Liverpool an early lead, which he celebrated by doing a swallow dive in front of the Everton bench and David Moyes. The game finished 2-2 with Suarez denied a perfectly good injury time goal.

Arsenal beat QPR and Manchester City beat Swansea, both by 1-0 scorelines.

This weekend’s big game sees Manchester United hosting Arsenal on Saturday (kick-off 7:45pm Phuket time).

United striker Wayne Rooney has just been selected as the only British player on the Balloon d’Or shortlist for FIFA’s player of 2012. Japanese play maker Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out for four weeks but on the plus side, Ferguson has admitted that with Hernandez’s scintillating form he now has a striker dilemma.

Arsenal welcomed Jack Wilshere back to the team in last weekend’s win at QPR and England’s young star-in-the-making will be raring to go against Manchester United.

— Andrew Scott

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