After Cardiff’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea, Neil Warnock blasted the match officials’ for their dismal performance, with numerous decisions going against Cardiff – which could be the difference between survival and relegation for The Bluebirds.
Cardiff were leading by a goal to nil at the Cardiff City Stadium, thanks to an early second half goal by Victor Camarasa, and looked set to get all three points – and a huge victory in terms of their survival hopes, however, Chelsea were awarded a corner kick in the 77th minute, and following an excellent corner, captain Cesar Azpilicueta scored a header, from an offside position, plus it wasn’t even close, this went unnoticed by the linesman. A huge decision that could cost Cardiff City a place in the Premier League.
Following this, Cardiff player, Kenneth Zohore was running down on goal whilst the Chelsea goalkeeper was in no mans land, and Zohore had an empty net and Antiono Rudiger tactically bought him down just before the box, and despite him being the final defender, and with Zohore likely to put the ball into the net, Craig Pawson decided to give him just a yellow card, a decision Neil Warnock and the Cardiff supporters were very unhappy and angry about.
Chelsea would go on to win the game by two goals to one thanks to a Ruben Loftus Cheek injury time winner. Following the whistle, Warnock went around all his own players, and Chelsea management and players to shake all their hands, but didn’t say anything to the officials just stared at them as they walked off the pitch.
In his following press conference, Warnock lambasted the match officials saying “the Premier League is the best league in the world with the worst officials.” He then added he thought against the big boys VAR should be brought into play saying, “Against the big teams, you have to have VAR because you don’t get the big decisions. The equalising goal is the winning goal really, and if you can’t see across the line and see offside I don’t know why we are in the game.”
I agree with Neil Warnock, I think we have the best league with awful match officials, a notable example of a big massive being made was during the 2013-14 season when Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea travelled to Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal where referee Andre Mariner sent off Kieran Gibbs instead Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the Ox handballed it, how can this be happening in the so called biggest league in the world?
Let’s hope that with the introduction of VAR next season, the match officials improve and we can all get back to watching the game we love.
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