Emma Hayes to face no UEFA action for ‘worst decision in Women’s Champions League history’ comment

Emma Hayes will face no disciplinary action from UEFA for her comments about the refereeing performance during Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final loss to Barcelona.

The Chelsea manager called Kadeisha Buchanan’s sending off in the second leg “the worst decision in UEFA Women’s Champions League history”.

Buchanan was shown a second yellow card by referee Iuliana Demetrescu after 59 minutes at Stamford Bridge as she was penalised for a foul on Patri Guijarro. The Canada defender appeared to initially win the ball before catching the back of Guijarro’s knee with her trailing leg.

Hayes also questioned the appointment of Demetrescu, stating “she’s known for easy cards”.

However, UEFA has not opened a disciplinary case against Hayes.

Chelsea’s semi-final exit means Hayes has taken charge of her final Champions League fixture with the club, and it is unknown when or if she will be involved in a UEFA competition again. The 47-year-old is departing Chelsea at the end of the season to take the USWNT job.

April’s semi-final tie was poised at 1-1 before Buchanan’s dismissal. Barcelona went on the secure their place in the final thanks to a Fridolina Rolfo penalty 15 minutes from time as they progressed 2-1 on aggregate. The penalty was awarded as Bonmati was brought down by Jess Carter and Ashley Lawrence.

Hayes added she felt her side had been “robbed” after “everything went their (Barcelona’s) way”.

Speaking after the loss, Hayes said: “When you lose football matches and you’ve been beaten by the better team, 11 vs 11,” Hayes said. “They’re the best team in the world for a reason, They had a strong first half, the deflected goal puts them in a good position but in the second half I felt we were just coming on top and you could see the combination of the crowd and the players were driving us, they felt really confident.

“So when you get such a shocking refereeing decision there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s hard enough when you’ve got 11 but when you’ve got 10 it’s virtually impossible.

“I didn’t think it was a foul, let alone a yellow card. When you lose a game, for us we didn’t feel we got the opportunity to lose it, that was taken away and I think that I was surprised when I saw her (Demetrescu) selected, she’s known for easy cards. That was probably the worst decision in UEFA Women’s Champions League history.”

Chelsea had taken a 1-0 lead into the second leg after their win in Barcelona but were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The defeat denied Hayes a final chance to win the Champions League — the only major trophy that has eluded her as a manager.



Emma Hayes, Chelsea and the Champions League just weren’t meant to be

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