Angry Rennes president claims his side was robbed and the man of the match was the referee

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Timo Werner might have scored a brace against Rennes, with Tammy Abraham also getting on the scoresheet, but Rennes president doesn’t believe any of them deserve to be named man of the match.

Rennes president Nicolas Holveck, was frustrated with referee Felix Zwayer’s decision to hand Chelsea a penalty and not his side, as he claimed that Chelsea were only favoured because they were the bigger team.

“There is more than disappointment, there is frustration. The man of the match was the referee,” Rennes president Nicolas Holveck told RMC Sport after the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.

“I would like them to explain to me the handball rules inside the box. If there is a handball from Dalbert while the ball has already touched his foot, what about the handball from Zouma? VAR wakes up for our [handball] but not theirs.

“And on top of that he gives a second yellow with that. We can be frustrated, more than frustrated. The result, it was the referee who made it.

“The match is killed at 2-0 while Alfred [Gomis, Rennes’ goalkeeper] has not had a save to make. We were certainly refereed like the newbie, and that is difficult to accept.

“You have less weight over the referee when you are Rennes than when you are Chelsea. When the referee has a good match, in general, you do not speak about him.

“But I think we are going to speak a lot about him this evening. Even the English media are unanimous in saying that it is a little scandal. Sleep will be hard to find.”

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