Date: 24th February 2016 at 9:24am
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Yesterday, down at our marvellous Cobham facility, the Chelsea Youth side edged into the last eight of the UEFA Youth Cup.

The tie against Valencia went all the way down to the wire with Chelsea winning after a penalty shoot-out.

However, whilst Tammy Abraham retained his cool to score the decisive penalty, a bit of an international kerfuffle is developing.

It appears that Valencia were hard done by, a fact that is confirmed if you get the chance to view the shoot-out on a social network.

The Valencia player, Alberto Gil, stepped forward to take his spot-kick and the ball, when viewed in slow-motion, cleared was a good eighteen inches over the line before it hit a piece of the framework of the goal and rebounded back into the penalty area.

The referee, a Swiss gentleman by the name of Adrien Jaccotet, obviously thought that the ball, as did his assistant, struck the post, disallowing the goal.

The Valencia head-coach, Gary Neville, commenting about what had occurred on his Twitter account, remarked,

“Scandalous! Can`t believe what I have just seen.”

The victory gives Chelsea the opportunity to participate in a quarter-final tie against either Lyon or Ajax.

However, as you suspect they might, Valencia are launching an appeal which could mean that UEFA order the tie to be replayed.

We`ll report further once a decision is made.

 
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