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Rio Ferdinand hammers referee for 'ruining the game' with 'absolute disgrace' of a decision for second Chelsea penalty as Joe Cole says: 'It's almost like FIFA and UEFA are trying to self-destruct' after handball Tammy Abraham's shot hit Dalbert's foot and ricocheted onto the defender's arm The referee pointed to the spot after reviewing the decision and sent Dalbert off Timo Werner tucked home his second penalty of the night as Chelsea won 3-0

By Alex Bowmer For Mailonline

Published: 00:18 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 00:24 GMT, 5 November 2020


Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole slammed the decision to award Chelsea their second penalty of the night as the Blues comfortably beat Rennes 3-0 in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard's men were already 1-0 up against the French side after Timo Werner had converted from 12 yards having been fouled and the German was given an opportunity to double his tally from the spot when a shot on the turn from Tammy Abraham ricocheted off Dalbert's foot and hit the luckless defender's hand. 

After consulting the pitchside monitor, referee Felix Zwayer awarded the decision and gave Dalbert a second yellow card for his part in the incident, which came after the Brazilian had already been booked for giving away the foul for the first penalty. 

Despite referee analyst Peter Walton saying that the Champions League's handball laws were stricter than those in the Premier League, Ferdinand and Cole were aggrieved by the decision. 

'There are grey areas all over this. He doesn't mean it, he goes in with his foot, the ball's low, he's very close, there's no intention at all to stop this ball with his hand. It just deflects up his leg and goes directly to his hand. You couldn't even handball that if you tried,' Ferdinand fumed.   

'The referee goes to the side, looks at it, deliberates and still gives it, which is

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