Solskjaer accuses Chelsea of ‘influencing the referees’ with ‘cheeky’ post on club website after penalty controversy

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has accused Chelsea of ‘influencing the referees’ after Manchester United did not receive a penalty in their goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

The United boss was referring to an article on Chelsea’s website that referenced a controversial decision in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

The ball clearly flicked Hudson-Odoi's hand in the penalty area


The ball clearly flicked Hudson-Odoi’s hand in the penalty areaCredit: Getty – Pool
Solskjaer was not impressed with Attwell's decision


Solskjaer was not impressed with Attwell’s decisionCredit: PA:Press Association

Speaking to Sky Sports about the decision, Solskjaer said: “It’s all these outside influences.

“Even the VAR talk before the game on Harry [Maguire]. It’s cheeky when they put that on their website.

“That’s influencing the referees.”

When reporter Geoff Shreeves asked Solskjaer what he was referring to, he said: “You can go back and look on their website.”

Attwell decided not to award a penalty after the ball flicked Callum Hudson-Odoi’s hand in Chelsea’s box.

The referee went to the pitch-side monitor to watch a replay of the incident but did not penalise the 20-year-old.


Solskjaer was seen pleading with the linesman but it made little difference as the game finished 0-0.

His comments came just minutes after Luke Shaw claimed Attwell told Harry Maguire people would ‘talk afterwards’ if he gave a penalty.

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The article on Chelsea’s website, which was published two days ago, criticised referring decisions from previous meetings between the sides.

It reads: “In recent Chelsea meetings the Red Devils’ centre-back has survived VAR reviews of a potential penalty foul on Cesar Azpilicueta and violent challenge on Michy Batshuayi that may well have affected the outcome.”

Chelsea and Manchester United tie in a goalless draw


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