Cardiff manager Neil Warnock was left fuming on Sunday following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea as they continue to battle for their Premier League lives.
Warnock was irate after Cesar Azpilicueta equalised for Chelsea despite clearly standing in an offside position.
His misery was further compounded when Antonio Rudiger was only shown a yellow card despite pulling down Kenneth Zohore and denying the Danish striker what looked to be a clear goalscoring opportunity.
😡 "It is the best league in the world with the worst officials"
Neil Warnock left fuming after Cardiff's 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea.
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“It’s the most obvious offside I’ve ever seen, you just can’t believe it,” Warnock told Sky Sports following the incredibly disappointing defeat.
“What goes through your mind? I don’t know, is it me, payback time for me over the years? I honestly don’t know.
“It’s the best league in the world, but probably the worst officials at the minute. I don’t know what Mike Riley does with the linesmen, because if you can’t see that clearly there’s something wrong with you really.
“He will probably get another game next week and say sorry to me after the game, but they don’t understand what’s at stake…
“Do you know what’s at stake? This is a game of football in the English Premier League. When you see things like it makes you passionate, that’s what we are in the game for. You shouldn’t make mistakes like that at this level.
“Why am I working at 70-years of age, to see things like that? I am just so proud of the whole club today, the fans were brilliant and I thought the team was.”
Cardiff had taken the lead in the 46th minute thanks to Victor Camarasa but conceded in the 84th when Azpilicueta headed home in controversial circumstances.
Sarri’s side went on to find the winner in added time thanks to a back post header from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The defeat for Warnock’s side leaves them five points from safety with a game in hand over 17th placed Burnley while Chelsea’s win keeps them level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal and just one off Manchester United in fourth.