Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Luke Shaw who were critical of referee Stuart Attwell’s performance at Stamford Bridge will not face any action over their post-match comments about the referee in Sunday’s barren draw at Chelsea.
The Red Devils were left frustrated by Stuart Attwell’s denying them a penalty against Callum Hudson-Odoi for a handball during the first half of their Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge.
Luke Shaw later told Sky Sports that he had overheard Attwell telling Manchester United captain Harry Maguire that there would be a lot of talk if he awarded them a penalty. Manchester United later claimed that Luke Shaw misheard the conversation
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later said that Luke Shaw’s explanation of what transpired was his own post-match interview with Sky but the United coach did not give further explanations. He said he did not want to elaborate because he did not want to raise any controversy.
Following an article that had previously been published on Chelsea’s club’s official website which criticized the referee’s decision in an incident that captured Maguire and Cesar Azpilicueta in October’s previous encounter, The Manchester United manager was angered and used this to claim that rival clubs were influencing referees by drawing attention on the high number of penalties that his team gets awarded.
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After reviewing the whole incident and the post-match comments made by Ole Gunnar and Luke Shaw, the FA did not consider them as a breach of their rules or regulations. FA usually punishes players and coaches who make comments about officials if such comments are deemed to imply bias or attack their integrity.
Attwell decided to stick by his earlier decision of not awarding Manchester United a penalty even after he was advised to review his decision not to award a penalty against Hudson-Odoi by Chris Kavanagh who was the VAR.
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