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Soccer News of Wednesday, 8 March 2023


Chelsea vs Dortmund: Jude Bellingham slams decision to let Kai Havertz retake his penalty

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has labelled Chelsea's controversial retaken penalty as a 'joke'.

The German giants were sent crashing after losing 2-0 to the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

The Yellow and Black won the first leg 1-0 heading into the reverse fixture but failed to hold onto their lead as Chelsea won 2-1 on aggregate to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock in the 41st minute, with Kai Havertz doubling Chelsea's lead from the spot eight minutes into the second half.

Havertz's strike came in a controversial fashion after Dutch referee Danny Makkelie ordered the German forward to retake the penalty due to encroachment.

The 23-year-old lanky attacker stepped up again and successfully buried his second penalty after missing his initial effort.

The decision to retake the penalty got Bellingham livid, who slammed the referee's verdict and Havertz's penalty technique.

"I've not seen the incident back. From where I was, it looked pretty close. I can't see where he can go with the hands. It's a yard or two away...", Bellingham told BT Sports after the game.

"The fact they've had a replay, it's a joke. When you have such a slow run-up, people will encroach. That's the game I suppose and he's made a decision."