‘It is a blatant foul… the linesman is a yard away from it’: Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink slam decision not to award Derby free-kick in build up to Chelsea’s winner
- Chelsea beat Derby 3-2 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup
- Cesc Fabregas scored the winner for Chelsea in the 41st minute on Wednesday
- However, there was a spot of controversy with the winner at Stamford Bridge
Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have slammed the decision not to award Derby a free-kick prior to Chelsea’s winner in the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea narrowly overcame Derby 3-2 to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition but their win was met with a spot of controversy on Frank Lampard’s emotional return to Stamford Bridge.
Cesc Fabregas scored the all-important goal on 41 minutes, firing home inside the area but Derby felt very hard done by in the build up to the decider.
Davide Zappacosta shoved Tom Lawrence in the back in the build up to Chelsea’s winner
Lawrence falls to the ground just inches away from the linesman at Stamford Bridge
However, a throw-in to Chelsea was awarded, which led to Cesc Fabregas’ all-important goal
Davide Zappacosta shoved Derby winger Tom Lawrence to the ground just inches away from the linesman on the right hand side.
However, Chelsea were instead awarded a throw-in, which led to Fabregas’ first-half winner on Wednesday night.
And speaking following the controversial decision, Redknapp and Hasselbaink couldn’t believe Derby weren’t awarded a free-kick.
Redknapp told Sky Sports at half-time: ‘It is a blatant foul. It is a difficult one for Jon Moss because he needs his assistant to help him out there. It is a definite foul but after that it’s a good piece of play by Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas powered home the winner in the 41st minute on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge
‘It is 100 per cent a foul, I can understand why the Derby players are so upset with that one. He (linesman) is a yard away from it.
And former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink emphatically backed up Redknapp’s view.
Hasseilbaink added: ‘The linesman has to… come on, What are you doing! You can see it’s a proper push. The linesman can just put his flag up and it’s a free-kick and nobody else would think anything else of it.’
Meanwhile, Chelsea will now face Bournemouth at home in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believe Derby should have had a free-kick
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