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Sunday 20 May 2018

Andre Marriner focus

Andre Marriner was the referee as Swansea and Chelsea drew on Sunday
Andre Marriner was the referee as Swansea and Chelsea drew on Sunday

Referee Andre Marriner took charge of his first game since the incident which saw Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero handed a three-match ban for violent conduct as Chelsea and Swansea played out a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Aguero was charged retrospectively by the Football Association after appearing to elbow West Ham's Winston Reid in City's 3-1 win on August 28, with referee Andre Marriner and his fellow officials missing the incident during the match.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at Marriner's performance on Sunday.

16: Cesar Azpilicueta blocks Ki Sung-yueng as he is bursting forward, with Marriner awarding Swansea a free-kick. Although there was contact, the decision not to show a yellow card seems fair.

26: Marriner has no choice but to show Fer the first yellow of the match as he brings down Costa by the halfway line in an attempt to stop a Chelsea counter-attack.

35: Fer fouls Nemanja Matic as he runs down the left wing, conceding a free-kick near the corner flag. Marriner speaks to players in the box to warn them about pushing and shoving ahead of the free-kick.

39: Willian goes down in the box and appeals for a penalty but Marriner allows play to continue and Swansea go straight down the other end.

41: Costa goes into the book for a foul on Leroy Fer.

42: Swansea see another of their players pick up a booking as Federico Fernandez fouls Costa on halfway.

48: Costa goes down following a clash of heads with Jordi Amat. The Swansea defender goes into the book and Chelsea are awarded a free-kick.

52: Costa is fouled by Amat once more. A free-kick is given some 30 yards from goal.

57: Amat fouls Ivanovic and gets a talking-to from Marriner, who also speaks to Swansea captain Jack Cork but decides not to send Amat off.

58: Marriner points to the spot after Thibaut Courtois slid in and fouled Gylfi Sigurdsson. The referee also books Courtois.

62: Fer makes contact with Cahill as he dispossesses the Chelsea defender in the build-up to Swansea's second. Cahill appeals for a foul but Marriner controversially allows the goal to stand.

81: Costa's foot is very high as he scores Chelsea's equaliser, but Marriner does not penalise him and lets the goal stand.

89: Eden Hazard fouls Swansea substitute Modou Barrow 40 yards from goal in a bid to amends for a slip which saw him relinquish possession. The Chelsea man goes into the book.

90+2: John Terry is booked for fouling Fer near the halfway line after Hazard had given the ball away.

90+3: The Swansea fans appeal for a penalty as Ki is held by Cesc Fabregas in the box but Marriner, who had a great view, gives nothing.

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