Neil Warnock appeared to be a broken man standing on the Cardiff City Stadium pitch on Sunday afternoon following his side’s cruel defeat to Chelsea in their fight against relegation.
In a crucial match for the Bluebirds, a number of decisions appeared to go against the home side, including an incorrect offside call for the Blues’ equalising goal with only six minutes remaining in the game.
The 70 year old said the result, and in particular the decisions, had ‘deflated him’ and were a ‘kick in the teeth’. He also claimed that the Premier League had the worst officials in the world, despite being the best division.
Following the full time whistle a fierce stare down with the referee and his assistants ensued and social media erupted with its comments as a result.
Brooks Peck compared Warnock’s reaction to a parent’s disappointment at their child.
Neil Warnock giving the officials the old “I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed” treatment. Avoids a fine and makes the refs feel like they’ve let down their father. Genius. pic.twitter.com/y1TsIdD6mi
— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) March 31, 2019
But Jacqui Oatley had far less sympathy for the Cardiff manager, saying he wasn’t too bothered with the referring performance after his side benefitted from an incorrect offside call earlier in the season against Brighton.
Before you feel too sorry for Neil Warnock, read quotes. 1st 2 after losing 1 point today after offside error. The last pic, quotes after his Cardiff side gained TWO points from offside error v rivals Brighton with Bamba offside winner & not booked for shirt removal celebration. pic.twitter.com/nbsvE8i93k
— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) March 31, 2019
Matthew Stranger felt it looked more like an X Factor audition.
Has Neil Warnock done enough to earn a place in the Judges’ House? pic.twitter.com/NHzGmQih0j
— Matthew Stanger (@MatthewStanger) March 31, 2019
And Match of the Day felt that this photo summed up Neil Warnock’s emotion after the game.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) March 31, 2019
Cardiff sit 18th in the Premier League table and are currently five points from safety with a game in hand over Burnley who sit a place above them.
It doesn’t get any easier for the BlueBirds in their fight for survival. They take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.