We watched the Cardiff vs Chelsea game on Sunday and the referee for that game, Craig Pawson, did not have a good day and neither did his two assistants.
Cardiff were close to getting a good win at home after they went ahead just after half time.
But then after 83 minutes, Chelsea equalized, but scorer Cesar Azpilicueta’s was at least a yard offside.
And then, of course, Chelsea got the winner in stoppage time.
And before that, Cardiff seemed to have two good shouts for a penalty but both were turned down by referee Pawson.
There are too many times in the Premier League when referees seem to favor the top clubs – this is just one more example.
Neil Warnock furious about Chelsea equalizer – Cesar Azpilicueta was well offside
Hopefully, that will all change when we go to VAR (Video Assistant Referee) for next season but only if there’s sufficient evidence on the video should they change the referee’s initial decision.
Neil Warnock went ballistic at the final whistle in front of the referee and his assistants.
And Rafa Benitez was asked today in the Chronicle if Warnock’s reaction suggested that Cardiff are very close to the drop.
This is what Rafa said and he avoided getting into the referee controversy:
“If you are asking me, ‘Would I prefer to be closer to Cardiff or higher’, I would prefer to be where we are.”
“You can talk about lots of things, but I would prefer to be where we are and have the points on the table.”
“After that, we have to try to get three points in the next game, and that is it.”
Cardiff play at Manchester City tonight and here’s how the bottom half of the table currently stands after yesterday’s games.