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My wife wouldn't have stopped me thumping officials, says Warnock

Lashing out: Neil Warnock lets his feelings known on sideline
Lashing out: Neil Warnock lets his feelings known on sideline

By Lewis Samuel

Neil Warnock says his wife would not have stopped him if he wanted to "thump the referee and linesman" after Cardiff's controversial defeat by Chelsea.

The Bluebirds looked to be closing in on a priceless victory in their battle to stay in the Premier League when 1-0 up with only six minutes left.

However, Cesar Azpilicueta diverted Marcos Alonso's flick-on to head home an equaliser - despite being at least two yards offside - before Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a dramatic winner in stoppage-time.

Warnock was left incandescent after the full-time whistle, also feeling Cardiff should have been given two penalties as well as Chelsea having Antonio Rudiger sent off by referee Craig Pawson.

The Cardiff boss - whose side face Manchester City tomorrow night - felt the Premier League was "the best in the world", but "probably the worst officials at the minute", adding the manner of the defeat was "soul-destroying".

Warnock, who had stood and shook his head as the officials walked off the pitch, revealed that his wife Sharon had shared his frustration.

"When I came in yesterday, my wife said to me, 'Darling, if you had wanted to thump the referee and linesman, I wouldn't have stopped you'. It was so unjust," Warnock said. "I'm obviously gutted. You could imagine what the dressing room was like.

"We played so well and I'm really proud of them, but once again we've been kicked in the teeth. We've worked our socks off for three weeks to get where we were, because we thought we could beat Chelsea and we did everything right, but then a human error like this?

"It's unbelievable. I can't describe my feelings. That could be the decision that costs us everything, because I thought we could put pressure on the other clubs, but now we're battling against the odds again.

"The linesman said sorry to me after the game but it's too late, what good is an apology?"

Warnock could find himself facing a disciplinary charge from the Football Association for his post-match comments.

"We're having too many honest mistakes and it's always the top teams who get the decisions," the 70-year-old added.

"You just feel it's such an injustice, and I've felt like that since Christmas."

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