A furious Petr Cech claims he was booked by Mike Dean for simply asking why the referee had awarded a penalty for West Bromwich Albion.
The official adjudged Calum Chambers to have handled after the ball was flicked onto his hand from a yard away by Kieran Gibbs. Jay Rodriguez converted from the spot with three minutes remaining to cancel out Alexis Sanchez’s deflected free-kick to make it 1-1.
Cech was seen trying to speak to Dean at full time and was subsequently cautioned as he left the field of play.
He went straight to the Sky Sports cameras to complain, explaining, “Every time we have a meeting with referees prior to the season and every time it comes to this point where the player is too close to the ball and has no chance to react or has his hands by his side, it will never be a penalty.
“Then the referee gives this with two minutes to go. That’s why I asked him, why he changed his opinion to give a penalty when every time we have this meeting it’s made clear that this is not a pen.
“I got booked as well, so it’s more disappointing. He could have told me, ‘Come later’ or something like that. He just walked away and gave me a yellow card. I was not rude, I just asked the question. This disappoints me even more.”
Cech had been chasing his 200th clean sheet in the Premier League. Clearly irked by a decision he felt wrong, he added: “I’m disappointed. First the penalty situation and then I expect, when I walk towards the referee with respect and ask him a question, I’d like him to answer me in a normal way, not walk away and give me a yellow card.”