Guus Hiddink claims Chelsea/Barcelona match at 2008/2009 Champions League could be fixed

Guus Hiddink claims Chelsea/Barcelona match at 2008/2009 Champions League could be fixed

- Guus Hiddink is still furious about the officiating in that fixture

- The Blues were denied four possible penalties in that game

- Hiddink described the refereeing as the worst ever

Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is still clearly upset about the officiating during epic semi-final second-leg showdown between Chelsea and Barcelona at the 2008/2009 UEFA Champions League.

The Blues were denied four possible penalties in a match many agree that the referee made quite a number of blunders which marred the game.

Centre-referee of that game Tom Henning Ovrebo later admitted that he made series of blunders, but Hiddink who managed Chelsea at that time suggested that the game could have been fixed.

The game ended 1-1 and Barca progressed.

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"The worst refereeing I have ever seen," Hiddink told Ziggo sport as cited on SunSport. "The referee performance surprised me, because in the past he’d had perfect performances. Is it the worst refereeing I’ve ever seen? I think so."

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The Dutchman alleged: "This is the only time I thought a match could’ve been fixed."

Ovrebo was verbally abused by several Chelsea players, including Didier Drogba, José Bosingwa and Michael Ballack, after turning down several penalty appeals during the match.

At a point, Drogba was physically restrained before he was handed a five-match ban. Chelsea were also fined £85,000 for improper conduct on the part of their players and fans.

Barcelona went on to win the coveted title after beating Manchester United in the final.

According to Hiddink, it was possible that the UEFA chiefs did not want a repeat of an all-English final between United and Chelsea as the previous year where the Red Devils won via spot-kicks.

In 2018, during an interview with SunSport, Norwegian whistler Ovrebo admitted to making genuine mistakes during the match.

Ovrebo said: “I was happy with 95 per cent of my decisions. But there were some decisions that were not dealt with in the correct manner.

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“One handball earlier in the game should have been a penalty. People will always have different opinions about the game.

“But everyone agrees the refereeing that night was not optimal. And I am the first to agree with them.”

Meanwhile, earlier reported that UEFA chiefs are reportedly planning to have the Champions League return on August 8, 2020 after it was suspended, no thanks to the ravaging coronavirus crisis.

The pandemic has disrupted the competition since February with some second round matches yet to be concluded.

According to the latest report, the remaining second round fixtures will be played on August 8 and 9 while the quarter-final will be played the from August 11 to 15.

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