Refereeing controversy and calls for VAR struck again Wednesday night during a UEFA Women’s Champions League match between Chelsea and Real Madrid. There has certainly been an influx of disputes regarding on-field decisions and the use of VAR in recent months. However, the controversy in Wednesday’s matchup was unique.
The Chelsea women’s team dominated Real on the night. However, the Blues could not finish off their Spanish opponents. The Blues had a 20-4 shot advantage in the match. Although the game ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw, Chelsea had two significant incorrect decisions go against them.
With the Blues holding a 2-1 lead, Chelsea’s Jessie Fleming fouled Real Madrid forward Athenea del Castillo at the edge of the Chelsea box. The match referee awarded Real a penalty despite replays clearly showing the infraction occurred outside of the area. Olga Carmona stepped up and converted the ensuing spot kick.
Chelsea then thought they had scored the winning goal late in the game. Niamh Charles netted the winner in added time to give the Blues all three points. Nevertheless, the assistant referee flagged the play for offside. Much like the penalty incident, replays showed that Charles was well onside, and the goal should have counted.
Hayes proclaims Chelsea was ‘robbed’ due to ref mistakes
After the match, Chelsea boss Emma Hayes fumed at the decisions. “I could see from the bench that the tackle was outside the box,” proclaimed Hayes. “I’m absolutely shocked that those managing the game couldn’t see that. At this level, when you are in control of a game and important decisions like that go against you, it makes it difficult.”
“We score a really legitimate goal,” continued the soon-to-be USWNT coach. “It is embarrassing. I had to check why it was disallowed. Was it Niamh [Charles]? No. Was it Sam [Kerr] interfering with the goalkeeper? She was about seven yards away, nowhere near the keeper. I think we’ve been…
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Author : Chris Moore
Publish date : 2023-11-16 16:38:52
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