Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock could face punishment from the Football Association for his behaviour during and after yesterdays’ 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
The Daily Mail report that Warnock angrily confronted fourth official Andre Marriner on the touchline before labelling Premier League officials ‘the worst in the world’ in his post-match press conference.
The 70-year-old was angered by a number of decisions made by referee Craig Pawson and his team, in particular, the linesman’s failure to sport Cesar Azpilicueta’s offside position when he scored the equalising goal.
Cardiff also felt Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger should’ve been shown a red card when he bought down Kenneth Zohore as he closed in on goal, but the German was shown a yellow card
The Bluebirds boss was involved in a bizarre standoff with the officials after the match, as he stood with his hands on his head looking at them from a distance.
On the performance of Pawson and his colleagues, Warnock said:
I don’t deserve officials like that today. There is no excuse for that, it’s criminal. To get let down by the officials… roll on VAR. I had to go into the bathroom and bite my knuckles but I didn’t tell the lads that. It’s the best league in the world but the worst officials. They don’t understand what is at stake. It’s not our fault an official can’t see that, it is the most obvious offside I have ever seen or the most certain penalty I have ever seen. What goes through my mind? Is it payback time for me over the years?
Azpilicueta’s goal cancelled out Victor Camarasa’s opener before Ruben Loftus-Cheek won the match for the visitors in the first minute of stoppage time.
The result leaves the Bluebirds 18th in the Premier League table, six points from safety with seven matches to play.