Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock was left fuming with the match officials after seeing his side slip to a 2-1 home loss to Chelsea in controversial circumstances earlier today.
The Bluebirds looked on course to seal a much-needed win after Victor Camarasa gave them the lead just after half time with a well-taken volley.
However, a clearly offside Cesar Azpilicueta nodded Chelsea level on 84 minutes, before substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek headed home an injury winner for Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Chelsea’s equaliser was not the only contentious decision from the officials with Cardiff having two penalty shouts turned down and Antonio Rudiger was lucky to avoid a red card when he hauled down Kenneth Zohore when the striker seemed to be clean through on goal.
Speaking after the game Warnock praised his player’s application before hitting out at the standard of referring in the Premier League.
“I am deflated because we have worked hard for this game and felt we could win it. When you don’t win and it is nothing to do with ourselves it is a kick in the teeth,’’ Warnock told the BBC.
”Against the big teams you have to have VAR because you don’t get the big decisions. The equalising goal is the winning goal really, and if you can’t see across the line and see offside I don’t know why we are in the game. I look at the two penalties we should have had and the red card against Kenneth Zohore.
“The biggest and best league in the world but probably the worst officials at the minute. What can I say about my lads? They were brilliant and it made for a great game. It kicks you in the teeth. We’ve had enough of them this year.”
Today’s loss means Cardiff are now five points from safety with just seven games remaining.