Tadic Accuses Referee Rocchi Of Robbery In Chelsea Stalemate
Ajax Amsterdam skipper Dusan Tadic has accused Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi of robbing the Dutch giants in Tuesday’s Champions League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which ended 4-4.
The two sides served up a Champions League classic with the visitors taking a surprising 4-1 lead at a point but Chelsea rallied back claim a share of the spoils.
Rocchi awarded Chelsea two penalties on the night, which were all converted by Jorginho, and sent off both Daley Blind and Joel Veltman in the 68th minute, leaving last season’s semi-finalists to play the remainder of the game with nine men.
Tadic was particularly unimpressed with Rocchi’s decision to send off Blind and Veltman in the same phase of play, with Chelsea taking full advantage of their numerical superiority to get back into the game.
Speaking to reporters after the game, he said: ‘We were much better. We should just talk about our game because we had 4-1 and everything was under control and then one man steals everything from us.
‘Big disappointment, because we should just talk about Ajax and how we play nice football, but we cannot because one guy came and stole everything.
‘We saw a situation where there’s a foul on Daley Blind, then it’s not second yellow for Daley Blind, then it’s not second yellow for Joel Veltman, then it’s not a penalty.
‘I have never in my life seen triple punishment, never. But everything starts with a foul on Daley Blind, he was tackled by Pulisic I think.
‘It’s a big disappointment. I don’t like to make excuses, I don’t like to talk about other people.
‘We should just be talking about how Ajax played much better than Chelsea but we cannot because somebody destroyed our game.’
Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia all have seven points in the group with Lille rock bottom on just one point after four matchdays.