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Rafa Refuses To Get Drawn Into Referee Controversy

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.

10West Ham38-352
12Crystal Palace38-249

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 3, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Asi Fish – Scotswood — are you joking.
    You’d get more peace and quiet in Kabul.
    Go out for the day and you’d come back to your house – stripped clean.
    They’d nick all your goods and then start ripping out electric cables and water pipes.
    Do not go there.

  • Asi Fish

    Apr 3, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Hibbit from previous – yeah that’s the worry with Palace spoiling the Spurs party and getting points. Hopefully they will play a high tempo game with plenty of cards and lose by an unfortunate OG lol – that should make them jaded for Saturday ha ha.

    Cardiff were robbed against Chelsea so lets see how much fight they have against Man City tonight.
    Nothing is straight forward in football anymore.

    As a side note: can anyone advise me on the potential of living in Scotswood as i am looking at some of the new builds but not being in the country makes it difficult. I have asked family but they just say move to Blyth (where they live ha ha). Thanks.

  • Asi Fish

    Apr 3, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Mister Tuff – only just seen your reply and thank you for the advice. I will steer clear of Kabulwood lol

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Asi Fish, come to the coast mate – Cullercoats is great, good schools, walking distance to Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, on the metro line, nice beach just a walk away and the house prices are affordable. Area’s on the up and up, with new restaurants and cafes opening, local pub just had a refit. Only 15 minute drive to Blyth, too.

    I’ve been there 19 years, wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

    Oh, and bring Good Luck Chuck with you too, we’ll all give his head a rub (think that’s how it works, isn’t it?)

    Not that head, Jib!

  • Asi Fish

    Apr 3, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Robleenio – yeah good shout, the in-laws have only recently moved out of Cullercoats and we have always liked it there (even got married in the Park Hotel many moons ago).

    I will give it a look. We did have a house in Wallsend but sold it before coming out here – the plan was to keep moving abroad but I’m tired of it now.

    Poor old Good Luck Chuck is now back in Alaska……probably why we lost to Arsenal ha ha


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