Chris Foy – the new Howard Webb?

Now I’m not trying to be all Ryan Babel…But is Chris Foy the new Howard Webb?

Chris Foy

Seriously, World Cup final referee Webb gets a lot of stick for being perceived to favour Sir Alex Ferguson’s side whenever he officiates a match involving the Red Devils.

However, it looks like he has a challenger to be Old Trafford’s favourite official, in the form of Foy.

Remember the match at the Hawthorns, against West Bromwich Albion when the game was tied 1-1 and Gary Neville took out Graham Dorrans for a certain spot-kick that only Foy failed to spot?(United of course went on to win 2-1)

Well Foy will be back in the spotlight after giving United another helping hand this evening in their match against Blackpool.

The Tangerines had shocked their illustrious opponents with a 2-0 lead at half time (thanks to former United youngster Craig Cathcart and DJ Campbell).

They’d also started the second half brightly and when Luke Varney was fouled (not possibly, definitely) in the penalty area by Brazilian defender Rafael, everyone – except curiously ESPN commentator Chris Waddle, although he quickly changed his mind – thought Charlie Adam would soon be stepping up to face Edwin Van Der Sar from the penalty spot.

But not Foy. No the referee from St. Helens had other ideas as he pointed for a goalkick, leaving everyone utterly perplexed at what they had just seen.

From that point on Blackpool were overpowered by United, who did what United do, and fought back to improbably win 3-2 thanks to a Dimitar Berbatov double and a Javier Hernandez strike.

An awful decision that left Ian Holloway apoplectic on the sidelines.

And to think there wasn’t even a woman in sight – I bet Sian Massey was appalled with the decision.

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