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'Is That Ref On Drugs' - The Flabbergasted Reaction To Another Crazy Leicester City Game

'Is That Ref On Drugs' - The Flabbergasted Reaction To Another Crazy Leicester City Game
By Gavin Cooney
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Holy hell.

Leicester's improbable surge to the Premier League has been about unheralded men stepping out of the shadows of obscurity: Claudio Ranieri, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Wes Morgan, N'Golo Kanté. So many have emerged, it has been difficult to decide who to praise.

Today's ludicrous 2-2 draw with West Ham has seen another man leap from backstage anonymity to hog the limelight: referee Jon Moss. The Premier League hit the headlines this week when they removed Leicester-born arbiter Kevin Friend from Tottenham's game tomorrow night for fear of Friend being compromised by his roots.

Jon Moss took the whistle at the King Power this afternoon with the singular determination of a man desiring to make his mark on this Premier League season.

Such was the sheer swell of emotion and good sentiment behind the Leicester challenge, there has been a feeling that referees were affected by this also, with the Foxes benefitting from very kind decisions in recent weeks, most notably the failure to punish a Danny Simpson handball in the penalty area against Southampton.

Well, Moss was determined not to be open to such a charge and turned in a kind of one-man crusade against the concept of narrative. He only went and bloody well sent off Hollywood's Jamie Vardy for diving, which we have examined frame by frame here and decided that he made the correct decision.


With Leicester increasingly desperate in clinging on to the 1-0 advantage Vardy had bequeathed before quite literally falling upon his sword, Moss then gave West Ham a penalty for what seemed a soft challenge from a corner by Wes Morgan upon Winston Reid:




Some high-profile observers were less than impressed by Moss' decision to punish Leicester once again:

Just minutes later, West Ham went ahead through a stunning Aaron Cresswell volley. And then, with Leicester tailing for the first time in months, Robert Huth was blatantly hauled down under a cross in the penalty area, yet the referee remained unmoved, as Moss gathered his emotions to resemble a kind of patrolling stone.

And then, with the penultimate action of the game, Jeffrey Schlupp fell over following gentle contact with Andy Carroll, in a clash that, if punished, would yield an exceptionally soft penalty.

Cue soft penalty.

Extraordinary. Ulloa equalised with the final kick of the game, to leave Leicester eight points from the title, with the referee's performance the most notable aspect of another wild game:

Moss ended up giving so many wrong decisions he ended up being right. It's an interesting twist on Beckett's advice: Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

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