It was a sad afternoon for relegation-threatened Cardiff City as they lost to Chelsea following two late goals from the Blues much to the frustration of Cardiff boss.
It was looking like it’ll be a famous victory for Cardiff at the Cardiff City stadium following Victor Camarasa’s early second-half opener. But two late goals within seven minutes changed the story, albeit there was some controversial refereeing decision in the mix.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was angry with the officials on the sidelines following Cesar Azpilicueta’s 84th minute equaliser which should have been ruled out for offside. 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.
Warnock was left bewildered by the officials for their decisions during the game and was seen at one time in a heated confrontation with the fourth official.
In his post-match press conference, Sarri has revealed that he didn’t have an altercation with the Cardiff boss, but rather Warnock told him that the referee’s decision was wrong.
Sarri said: “I have not seen it, but Neil said he was sure it was two yards offside. I have to believe him.”
Asked whether he had a disagreement with the furious Cardiff boss after the match, Sarri added: “No, he [was angry] about the referee decision, not with me at all.
“I understand the situation, they are fighting and were winning and I understand him.”
Cardiff defender Sean Morrison was disappointed with the outcome of the game as he said after the match: “I’m just disappointed. We put in such a good performance.
“The referee has missed two penalties and I’ve been told their first goal was offside by quite a way. I am gutted but what can you do?
“I thought we did enough – the blocks and tackles we put in the way. It hurts. I had a feeling it was offside but you are never sure. We come away with no points and that is that.
“The first one (penalty) when the man grabs my neck, it is tough for the ref, and then there is the second one where he grabbed my arm.
“Last 10 minutes, to concede two goals, things like this don’t go for you when you are at the bottom. We have taken some drubbings this year but we have bounced back.”