‘It’s a disgrace’— Rio Ferdinand slams referee for not awarding Man United a penalty during Chelsea draw

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has slammed the decision to not award us a penalty during the goalless draw against Chelsea on Sunday, ‘a disgrace’.

United were denied a clear penalty, despite Callum Hudson Odoi blatantly handling the ball in the Chelsea box during the early exchanges.

The foul was spotted by the VAR, who then, called the attention of referee, Stuart Atwell to it. But after spending minutes reviewing the incident, the ref decided against giving a penalty, despite recommendation to do so. And according to Ferdinand, who says he saw the game, he still can’t understand why.

Speaking about the game during the Vibe With Five podcast recently, Ferdinand said, “We should have had a penalty. I don’t know what’s going on with these rules, referees and stuff like that.

“I don’t know how you go to the screen and look at the screen and not give the penalty. It doesn’t make sense.

“I saw it the first time in real time and shouted ‘Penalty!’ in my front room. How he’s not seeing it and giving it and the people at Stockley Park aren’t going ‘give that penalty now!’

“There nothing they can tell me that will change my mind that it should be a penalty. It’s a disgrace.”

United now trail Manchester City by 15 points, and will be aiming to cut the deficit when we play Crystal Palace tonight.