Why Axel Disasi’s Late Winner vs Aston Villa Was Disallowed as Chelsea Players Confront Referee

Why Axel Disasi’s Late Winner vs Aston Villa Was Disallowed as Chelsea Players Confront Referee

Martin Moses
updated at April 28, 2024 at 6:51 AM
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  • Chelsea players confronted the referee at the end of their game against Aston Villa
  • Axel Disasi thought he had won the game for his side, but it was ruled out after a check
  • Chelsea wrestled from two goals down to win a point and maintain their faint European hopes

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Chelsea players were left infuriated after a supposed late winner against Aston Villa was disallowed in dramatic circumstances on April 27 at Villa Park.

The Blues thought they had completed an incredible turnaround to win the game 3-2, only for referee Craig Pawson to rule out Axel Disasi's goal in stoppage time.

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Chelsea players confront referee Craig Pawson at the end of their game against Aston Villa on April 27 at Villa Park. Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus.
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It was an all-too-familiar tale as Mauricio Pochettino's side went 2-0 down inside 41 minutes courtesy of a Marc Cucurella own goal and a Morgan Rogers strike.

But the West London side showed great character to claw their way back in the game days after collapsing to Arsenal, where they eventually lost 5-0. They dominated proceedings with a breakthrough finally coming in the 62nd minute via Noni Madueke.

Why Axel Disasi's goal vs Aston Villa was disallowed

Stand-in skipper Conor Gallagher then bent in a beautiful curler nine minutes from time to level the tie. Disasi came off the bench to score in the fifth minute of stoppage time, but after a VAR check, the goal was ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

Cole Palmer swung in a corner, which Benoit Badiashile and Diego Carlos tussled for. Replays show the Chelsea defender nudged his opponent slightly in the back before sending the ball back into the area, where it was nodded into the back of the next by Disasi.

Chelsea players confront referee

Referee Pawson did not spot the foul in real time but was advised to go to the pitchside monitor. After the final whistle, the irate Chelsea players surrounded the referee, with Madueke and Badiashile both getting booked.

Pochettino used swear words

Sports Brief has also reported that Pochettino was spotted using swear words after Disasi's goal was disallowed.

The Chelsea boss was left at a loss after Craig Pawson penalised Badiashile for a push on Diego Carlos before the goal.

He criticised the use of the VAR in England, bringing up the contentious non-penalty decision against Jack Grealish in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)