Valencia boss Gary Neville called the officiating “scandalous” after a refereeing error saw the Spanish club’s youth side lose to Chelsea in a controversial penalty shoot-out.
The UEFA Youth League match ended 1-1 at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground before going to penalties.
Chelsea won the shoot-out 5-4, but only after Alberto Gil’s spot-kick – Valencia’s first of the shoot-out – was wrongly disallowed.
Videos showed the ball crossing the line before striking a stanchion and bouncing clear, but both the referee and the official on the goal-line ruled it had hit the post.
Valencia lose wild shootout to Chelsea in UEFA Youth League after this penalty wasn't given. Nightmare! pic.twitter.com/1H1eC1qG6n
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The players protested at length on the pitch, and afterwards Neville used Twitter to make clear his own views.
“Scandolous!!! Can’t believe what I’ve just seen….” he wrote about a post from Valencia’s official Twitter feed about the incident, which read: “Incredible! The ball from Valencia has been a goal but the referee has not given it.”
Valencia first-team players Antonio Barragan and Paco Alcacer also complained about the decision on Twitter.
Valencia announced on Tuesday evening they would be appealing to UEFA about the disallowed goal.
A club statement on www.valenciacf.com read: “Valencia wish to inform all our fans that the club will present a written protest in relation to the refereeing decision to disallow a goal for our team in the penalty shoot-out of the UEFA Youth League game against Chelsea. We trust that UEFA will give an appropriate response at the level required by the situation, after it has had the opportunity to analyse our appeal.”
The statement added: “Finally, Valencia wish to thank the sportsmanship of Chelsea for having recognised that the disallowed penalty had gone in.”