Cardiff boss Neil Warnock will contest three FA charges over controversial remarks he made about Premier League officials. Warnock was charged over comments he made in interviews immediately after the 2-1 Premier League home defeat to Chelsea on March 31 and in a radio interview the following day.
Relegation-threatened Cardiff had been on course for a vital three points before Chelsea’s 84th-minute equaliser which was headed home by Cesar Azpilicueta from a clear offside position. Warnock was also unhappy Antonio Rudiger was not sent off after bringing down Kenneth Zohore moments later, and he also felt Cardiff should have been awarded two penalties.
He approached referee Craig Pawson and his assistants after the final whistle but said nothing, merely staring at them as they left the field. The 70-year-old called Premier League referees the “worst in the world” and had been given until Tuesday to provide a response.
“I’ve pleaded not guilty to the charges and I expect to have a hearing sometime this week, I hope,” Warnock said at his press conference before the crunch relegation battle at Brighton on Tuesday. “But it can’t come early because we’ve got a game Tuesday and I’ve got a funeral on Wednesday up in Chesterfield.”