But what of an earlier tie, between Oxford and Chelsea? Vialli dived his way to a stoppage-time penalty, thereby rescuing his team from defeat. Does this not also constitute ungentlemanly conduct?
It seems that the Football Association has set a precedent. Any team suffering from a controversial decision will justifiably point to this game and ask for a replay. We are then at the mercy of the after-game honesty of managers and players. And where does this leave the referee?
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