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Warnock Blasts Officials As Cardiff Lose

Warnock Blasts Officials As Cardiff Lose

Neil Warnock branded Premier League officials the “worst in the world” following Cardiff’s controversial 2-0 defeat against Chelsea.

Chelsea were 1-0 down with six minutes left when Cesar Azpilicueta, who was standing two yards offside, met Marcos Alonso’s flick-on to head home the equaliser.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek punished Cardiff further in stoppage time, leaving Cardiff to count the cost of assistant referee Eddie Smart’s failure to spot that Azpilicueta was clearly offside.

Warnock also felt that Cardiff should have had two penalties, both for Chelsea players holding Sean Morrison’s shirt at set-pieces. Antonio Rudiger, Warnock added, should also have been sent off for dragging down Kenneth Zohore with the score at 1-1 and the Cardiff substitute through on goal.

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Rudiger was booked by referee Craig Pawson. “It’s almost like it’s not who you play, it’s who you get to referee and who is going to have a flag in their hand nowadays, it’s just as important,” Warnock told Sky Sports. “The best league in the world and probably the worst officials at the minute. He (Smart) is saying that Willian blocked his view, but it wasn’t a six inches one. Either side you should be able to see he’s two yards offside. It’s soul-destroying really. I can understand why the lads are down.”

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