Referee Francois Letexier has been branded ‘jobsworth’ after asking Ben Chilwell to circle the pitch following a serious hamstring injury.
Chelsea and England star Chilwell was stopped in the last minute of the Blues’ 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in a Champions League knockout on Wednesday night.
The 25-year-old hit the bridge with his head in his hands and immediately looks like a doubt for the World Cup, which starts later this month.
Chilwell looked distraught and referee Letexier added insult to injury as the Chelsea defender was helped to his feet by medical staff.
Despite being unable to put weight on his left leg, Chilwell was asked to take the long way around the pitch from the touchline furthest from the tunnel, as required by UEFA protocol .
The left-back was clearly furious and instead decided to wait out the seconds remaining in the game before crossing the pitch.
Reacting to the comments, former Chelsea defender Scott Minto said: “I don’t know why he can’t just walk across the pitch.
“He just pulled his hamstrings and we expect him to go all the way around the pitch?”
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And talkSPORT’s Ian Danter added: “It’s definitely worth the job from the referee.”
Meanwhile, Chilwell was pictured leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches as Graham Potter admitted the injury didn’t look good.
England manager Gareth Southgate names his 26-man squad on November 10, eight days from now before the group opener against Iran on November 21.
“It’s a blow for us in an otherwise positive evening, I think. It’s a blow to see him stop like that, it’s not a great show,” Potter said.
“So fingers crossed when we get the scan, it’s okay, maybe it’s not a big deal, but we have to keep our fingers crossed for now. But clearly, we are disappointed.
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