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When Jose Bosingwa Kung-Fu Kicked Yossi Benayoun And Got The Free-Kick In His Favour

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When Jose Bosingwa Kung-Fu Kicked Yossi Benayoun And Got The Free-Kick In His Favour

Jose Bosingwa committed one of the worst fouls in Premier League history - and somehow got the decision in his favour.

The incident in question happened at Anfield in February 2009, when Chelsea lost 2-0 to Liverpool courtesy of two late strikes from Fernando Torres, who would of course go on to play for the Blues after a £50 million move.

1-0 up going into stoppage time, Yossi Benayoun, on as a substitute, set out to kill time by taking the ball into the corner.

Didier Drogba and Bosingwa came over as Chelsea tried to regain possession and launch an attack.

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While Drogba was just trying to use his strength and get a toe on the ball, his teammate jumped in stoods up and raked his foot down Benayoun's back.


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It was a wild stamp that had Reds' skipper Steven Gerrard outraged but somehow the linesman Mo Matadar gave the decision in favour of the Portuguese right-back.

He appeared to have felt that Benayoun was time-wasting and waved his flag in the air. Chelsea already had Frank Lampard sent off on the hour mark but the fact that Bosingwa wasn't shown red by Mike Riley still beggars belief.

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VAR didn't exist at the time so Bosingwa got off with it. And because Matadar said he saw the incident, the FA claimed FIFA regulations meant they could not take retrospective action.

However, the controversial Lampard dismissal for a challenge on Xabi Alonso did get rescinded after Chelsea appealed the decision.

Torres notched his first goals in front of the Kop that season to give Rafa Benitez's side a big win.

A couple of years later and both Benayoun and Bosingwa were teammates at Stamford Bridge. That first exchange will have been an interesting one.

Topics: Liverpool, Chelsea

Josh Lawless
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