DARREN FOREMAN: Refereeing decisions dominate headlines

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Dodgy refereeing decisions dominated the headlines after a big weekend of sport.

The highly-anticipated super middleweight fight between Carl Froch and George Groves was stopped a little bit too early by Howard Foster, and we saw one of the worst red cards given out when Sunderland’s Wes Brown was sent off against Stoke City.

Referee Howard Foster stops Carl Froch (right) and George Groves during the WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title fight at the Phones 4u Arena, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 23, 2013. See PA Story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Referee Howard Foster stops Carl Froch (right) and George Groves during the WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title fight at the Phones 4u Arena, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 23, 2013. See PA Story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Froch somehow managed to get up off the seat of his pants in round one after Groves landed a right hand right on the button.

It looked like Froch was going to go on and stop Groves as he looked tired and the champion was starting to find the target.

We’ll never know how the last stages of the fight would have gone and it was intriguingly set up with Groves ahead on the judges’ cards.

I think Foster stopped the fight a little bit too early, but had he not brought it to an end and Froch landed with a big right hand that knocked him out some people would be slating him for not stopping it, so it wasn’t as straightforward as many have said.

Hopefully they’ll meet again in a rematch and we get another great fight.

What a terrible week for England’s sport teams as we saw the England rugby union and league sides both lose out, the football team were beaten by Germany and then the cricket team were well beaten in the first Ashes Test by Australia.

The main talking points to come after the first Test was the departure of Jonathan Trott due to a stress related illness and the issue of the Australians’ sledging of both Trott and James Anderson.

Michael Clarke let himself down as captain of Australia with his comments to Anderson.

I believe he was saying Anderson was going to get a broken arm, which is a bit over the top.

Sledging is part and parcel of the game though and it’s important we don’t over-do it complaining about it.

Hopefully Trott will get better with some time away from the game. I wish him well.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

Mitchell Johnson’s efforts with both bat and ball in the First Test in Brisbane earn him the performance of the week.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“The competition should be intense. It’s played between two proud cricketing nations.

“But I think we need good leaders, who know where to draw the line, and they need to be good role models.”

England cricket coach Andy Flower.