Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in 2009 is one of the most controversial games in Champions League history. Barcelona went through on away goals after referee Tom Henning Ovrebo waved away four penalty claims for Chelsea during the second-leg tie against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
Ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Barcelona on Tuesday, Ovrebo has now admitted his mistakes cost Chelsea that evening in West London.
“It was not my best day, really. But those mistakes can be committed by a referee… and sometimes a player or a coach. Some days you’re not at the level you should be. I can’t be proud of that performance,” Ovrebo told Marca.
“They were handball situations. I judged them on the pitch and I think it is not interesting to know what I think of those actions once judged, although I understand that people think differently to the decisions I made at the time. That discussion will continue eternally.
“I was responsible for the decisions that were made and we can argue that, if I had taken others, maybe Chelsea would have qualified for the final.
“We will never know. I made decisions and they were not the best. But it is difficult to say if, without that arbitration, Barcelona would have been eliminated or not.”
Ovrebo also revealed he had to change hotels that night after being concerned for his own safety.
“After the match I did not talk to any footballer. I left the field with dignity and went to dressing room. I remember that we had to change hotels as there were many hostile people against us. We had to take care of ourselves that day and the next,” he added.