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Jude Bellingham blames Havertz for ‘Joke’ decision as Chelsea beat Dortmund

Jude Bellingham felt Chelsea’s retaken penalty in the 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund was a ‘joke’ after a frustrating night in the Champions League for the youngster.

The London club beat the German side at Stamford Bridge, securing a 2-1 win on aggregate and progressing to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Raheem Sterling put the home team ahead, but there was controversy over the second goal, which came through Havertz from the penalty spot.

The initial decision was harsh on Marius Wolf as handball was given against him when Chilwell hammered a cross into him from close range, but VAR gave the penalty.

Havertz then hit his effort against the post, with Ozcan clearing the rebound, but replays confirmed the midfielder had encroached, so Chelsea were given another go, with Havertz scoring with his second effort.

Bellingham watched both decisions after the match and didn’t agree with either, but he was especially baffled by the decision to let the Blues retake the spot-kick.

‘It’s a yard or two away, I’m not too sure. I don’t want to get in trouble, I’ve paid enough to them lot,’ Bellingham told BT Sport after seeing the handball call.

‘I think that in itself was disappointing and the fact that they’ve had a retake, I think it’s a joke.

‘For every penalty, especially when he has such a slow run up, there’s going to be people encroaching into the box by a yard or so.


‘But that’s the game I suppose, he’s made the decision and we’ve had to live with it.’

It was a tough night for Bellingham, who missed a great opportunity to score and showed his frustration late on as he was booked for a reckless challenge on Reece James.

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