‘It’s a JOKE!’: Jude Bellingham hits out at officials for allowing Kai Havertz the chance to retake his penalty following encroachment… with the Chelsea star scoring at the second attempt to knock Borussia Dortmund out of the Champions League
Jude Bellingham has slammed the decision to allow Chelsea to retake their second-half penalty after the Blues knocked his Borussia Dortmund side out of the Champions League on Tuesday.
The controversial moment arrived in the early stages of the second half after Raheem Sterling had pulled Chelsea level in the tie with a well-taken finish just before the break.
Marius Wolf was then adjudged to have handled Ben Chilwell‘s cross after referee Danny Makkelie was sent to the pitchside monitor. Kai Havertz stepped up but saw his spot-kick hit the post and stay out.
However, he was given a second chance to score after replays showed encroachment from Dortmund players, and he made no mistake the second time around. The penalty proved to be the goal that settled the tie, but Bellingham questioned whether it should have been given in the first place.
‘I’ve not seen the incident back. From where I was it looked like it was pretty close and I’m not sure what more he can do with the hands,’ Bellingham told BT Sport.
Kai Havertz was allowed to retake his penalty after encroachment from Dortmund players
Jude Bellingham felt the penalty should not have been awarded in the first place
He was very frustrated with referee Danny Makkelie for allowing the spot-kick to be retaken
He was then shown the incident and remained unconvinced.
‘A yard or two away, I’m not too sure. I don’t want to get in trouble, I’ve paid enough to them lot,’ he added, appearing to reference previous fines he has paid for disputing refereeing decisions.
The 19-year-old could not contain his anger when discussing the retaking of the penalty, though.
‘I think that in itself was disappointing, and then the fact that they’ve had a retake, I think it’s a joke,’ he said.
‘For every penalty, especially when he has such a slow run-up, there’s going to people encroaching into the box by a yard or so. But that’s the game I suppose, he’s made the decision and we’ve had to live with it.’
Following their European exit, Bellingham and Dortmund will now turn their attention to the Bundesliga title race and trying to end Bayern Munich’s dominance in Germany.
Dortmund have won all of their league games since the winter break, and are level on points with Bayern with 11 games to go.