Jude Bellingham blames Kai Havertz’s penalty style for ‘joke’ decision as Chelsea beat Borussia Dortmund
Jude Bellingham fumed at the “joke” decision to award Chelsea a second attempt at Kai Havertz’s penalty during their Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.
The German giants took a 1-0 lead to Stamford Bridge thanks to Karim Adeyemi’s goal last month but succumbed to a stirring comeback from Graham Potter’s side.
Boosted by Saturday’s win over Leeds, the Blues scored two goals without response in west London to make it into the final eight and lift some of the pressure off the former Brighton boss.
Raheem Sterling’s strike levelled the tie at the break before Chelsea won a penalty minutes into the second half when Marius Wolf was adjudged to have handled Ben Chilwell’s cross.
Havertz would the miss from the spot before the drama continued and VAR called for the penalty to be retaken after encroachment.
The German made no such mistake on his second attempt, adopting the same stuttering approach to beat goalkeeper Alexander Meyer but this time finding the inside of the post.
Bellingham, however, hit out at the decision and blamed Havertz’s way of taking the penalty for the encroachment for which Dortmund were so punished.
“The fact that they’ve had a retake I think is a joke,” said the England international.
“I think for every penalty - especially when you have such a slow run up - there’s going to be people encroaching into the box by a yard or so.”