Neville questions ‘scandalous’ ref after mistake

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 10:49

Gary Neville has described a penalty error which cost Valencia in a youth game against Chelsea as “scandalous”.

Valencia and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw in a UEFA Youth League match at the London side’s Cobham training ground on Tuesday, leading to a penalty shoot-out.

The young Blues won 5-4 to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition, but controversy surrounded Valencia’s first spot kick.

Alberto Gil dispatched his effort, but the penalty was wrongly disallowed after it crossed the line and struck a stanchion before bouncing clear. Chelsea went on to win the shootout.

Neville subsequently posted on his Twitter account: “Scandolous!!! Can’t believe what I’ve just seen….”

Valencia announced that they would be appealing to UEFA over the error.

‘Valencia wish to inform all our fans that the club will present a written protest in relation to the refereeing decision to disallow a goal for our team,’ read a club statement.

‘We trust that UEFA will give an appropriate response at the level required by the situation, after it has had the opportunity to analyse our appeal. Finally, Valencia wish to thank the sportsmanship of Chelsea for having recognised that the disallowed penalty had gone in.’

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