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‘It’s a disgrace’: Ferdinand slams referee for not awarding United penalty vs Chelsea

  • The former United captain is exasperated with the quality of refereeing in the Premier League.
  • Ferdinand says he can’t believe how the VAR officials couldn’t spot the clear handball and give United a deserved penalty.

Speaking about the penalty incident in Man United’s draw against Chelsea, Rio Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five podcast: “We should have had a penalty. I don’t know what’s going on with these rules, referees and stuff like that.

“I don’t know how you go to the screen and look at the screen and not give the penalty. It doesn’t make sense.

“I saw it the first time in real time and shouted “Penalty!” in my front room. How he’s not seeing it and giving it and the people at Stockley Park aren’t going ‘give that penalty now!’

“There nothing they can tell me that will change my mind that it should be a penalty. It’s a disgrace.”

Despite a clear handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi being spotted on the VAR, referee Stuart Atwell refused to give a penalty.

Luke Shaw said that he heard the ref telling Harry Maguire he couldn’t give it as it would ‘create a lot of talk’, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticizing the officials of being influenced by outside talk.

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