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Cardiff City wanted referee Craig Pawson to send off Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger for fouling Kenneth Zohore when the forward was bearing down on goal but former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has now explained why the referee was right to show Rudiger a yellow card.

“Neil Warnock was right to be infuriated by the decision to allow Chelsea’s equalizer,” Clattenburg told Daily Mail.

“Let’s be clear, these decisions — when a player moves from an offside to an onside position in a split second — are the hardest for assistant referees.

“In this case, though, the assistant should not be getting this wrong. He is in line and the play comes from a corner.

“The fact that VAR would clear up this kind of error is of no consolation to teams like Cardiff, who need these decisions to go their way now.

“Cardiff were also angered by Craig Pawson’s decision not to send off Antonio Rudiger for fouling Kenneth Zohore when the forward was bearing down on goal but a yellow card was the right call.

“For a player to be sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, the attacker must have a clear chance and be in possession of the ball before being fouled.

“With the goalkeeper also coming out to challenge for the ball, there was enough doubt that Zohore had a clear route to goal.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn’t believe Rudiger deserved to be shown a red card for his foul on Zohore.

Sarri said: “My first feeling was the foul was for us but I have to see the action again. I am not sure of course because my bench was on the other side.”

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was very frustrated at the end of the game and made sure the officials knew how he felt.

“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?”

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