Hayes blasts ref blunder after Chelsea have late winner ruled out

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes blasts ref blunders and claims her side were ‘robbed’ of victory against Real Madrid in Champions League

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Emma Hayes blasted the ‘embarrassing’ officiating that she claimed ‘robbed’ her Chelsea team of victory against Real Madrid in the Women’s Champions League.

Niamh Charles thought she had scored a 96th-minute winner, but it was ruled out for offside against Sam Kerr, who was deemed to be interfering with play.

‘We scored a legitimate goal with Niamh Charles three or four yards onside. It’s embarrassing,’ boss Hayes said. ‘I had to check why the goal was disallowed.

‘I then watched it back, Sam’s about eight yards away from the goalkeeper, she’s nowhere near her. I cannot understand the decision whatsoever. I think we’ve been robbed.’

Hayes was also furious that Real were given a penalty shortly after Kerr put Chelsea 2-1 ahead.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes claimed her side had been ‘robbed’ of victory on Wednesday night

Niamh Charles had a 96th-minute winner controversially ruled out against Real Madrid

Spain star Olga Carmona scored twice for Real Madrid in Champions League tie

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Olga Carmona converted the spot-kick, awarded by referee Frida Klarlund after Jessie Fleming brought down Athenea Del Castillo, but replays showed the foul was outside the box.

‘I could see from the bench it was outside the box, so I’m absolutely shocked that those managing the game couldn’t see that.

‘I can’t remember the last time I’ve been in a game like that where two humongous decisions have gone against us.’

Carmona put Real ahead after 10 minutes before Charles levelled just before half-time. Kerr made it 2-1 in the 74th minute before Carmona’s penalty shortly after.


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