Chelsea came from behind to beat relegation threatened Cardiff City 2-1 to nick an important win for Chelsea in the race for top four.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock cut an angry figure on the sidelines as he watched his side get on the wrong side of the refereeing decision.
Cesar Azpilicueta’s equaliser was clearly an offside goal and the Cardiff manager could be seen screaming angrily on the touchline at officials following the goal. Not long afterwards, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger avoided a red card for hauling down substitute Kenneth Zohore who was clean through on goal. This made Warnock go berserk on the sideline and he even had an altercation with Maurizio Sarri at one point.
Things went from bad to worse for Cardiff City and Warnock as Ruben Loftus-Cheek headed in a late winner at the Cardiff City Stadium, and Warnock was extremely disappointed.
At the end of the game, Warnock stood in the centre circle of the pitch shaking his head at the officials and he requested to push back his post-match interview with Sky Sports in order to allow himself time to ‘calm down’.
Warnock went really hard on the match officials at the end of the game as he said: “It’s difficult because I am really flat. I am so proud of my players. To get let down by the officials… roll on VAR,” he told Sky Sports.
“We worked three weeks for this but to get let down by decisions… no major decisions went for us.
“They don’t realise what is at stake. If I was a Burnley or a Brighton fan, they will be absolutely loving it today.
“It’s not our fault an official can’t see that, it is the most obvious offside I have ever seen or the most certain penalty I have ever seen.
“What goes through my mind? Is it payback time for me over the years? It’s the best league in the world but the worst officials. They don’t understand what is at stake. They shouldn’t make mistakes at this level.
“Why am I working at 70 years of age for things like that to happen? It’s not very often I am lost for words.
“My players feel like they have been kicked in the teeth. We’ve been kicked so many times. I don’t deserve officials like that today. There is no excuse for that, it’s criminal.
“If my players feel like they look in the dressing room, that’s the end of our season. But how many times have we bounced back this season?”