Cardiff boss Neil Warnock charged by FA for referee comments made on talkSPORT after Chelsea defeat


Cardiff boss Neil Warnock charged by FA for referee comments made on talkSPORT after Chelsea defeat

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has been charged by the FA for his controversial comments about Premier League officials.

Referee Craig Pawson and his linesman failed to spot that Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta was offside when he headed in a late equaliser before Ruben Loftus-Cheek netted a stoppage-time winner for a 2-1 victory in Wales last month.

Warnock called the officials ‘the worst in the world’ before giving another explosive interview to talkSPORT less than 24 hours later.

Neil Warnock stared down the officials at full-time

A 2-0 defeat at Manchester City followed for Cardiff, who are five points from safety with six games to go.

An FA statement said: “Neil Warnock has been charged with three breaches of FA Rule E3.

“It is alleged that comments he made in a post-match interview with the BBC, and a post-match interview with Sky Sports, following the Premier League game against Chelsea on 31 March 2019, were improper in that they questioned the integrity of the Match Official and/or implied bias.

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“It is further alleged that comments he made in a talkSPORT radio interview on 01 April 2019 constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute.

“The Cardiff City manager has until 18:00 on 16 April 2019 to provide a response.”

Reports have claimed Warnock could step down as Cardiff manager regardless of which division they are in next season.

However, the 70-year-old insisted he owes it to the Bluebirds fans to stay on.

Neil Warnock was furious with the officiating in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

He said: “I just feel as long as Vincent [Cardiff owner Vincent Tan] wants me to stay, no matter what division we are in, I think I owe it to the fans to stay.

“I changed my mind in the last couple of months with the Emiliano [Sala] tragedy. It brought a lot home. In the cold light of day, I don’t see anyone better to take over at this moment in time.

“Whereas if I can steady the ship next season, I will be in my final year at Christmas time, then I can help the club pick another manager.