The refereeing inconsistency that blights our game refuses to go away. Last week Diaby was sent off for reacting to a reckless Barton tackle, many of us had presumed that his red card was for two pushes which each merited a yellow card, this was what Dowd could clearly be seen to be explaining to Diaby as he was being dismissed. This was the interpretation that many felt was the only way a red card could be justified, MOTD assumed this was the logic of the referee.
Bizarrely Diaby has a three match ban which does not tally at all with what I have explained above. The fact that he has a three match suspension means that Dowd reckoned that one of his 'shoves' was violent enough to merit a red in its own right, and this is yet another example of Dowd's rank incompetence and inconsistency.
It all means that Dowd got things badly wrong, again. Diaby shoved Barton and Nolan, maybe one could justify two yellows if you're being really harsh, but very few people would agree with Dowd's interpretation of events in that one was violent enough for a straight red card, especially in the context of Nolan's more violent blow to the back of Szczesny's head. Shocking refereeing from Dowd, yet again.