Harry: Ref made a huge mistake
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp hit out at referee Martin Atkinson after he gave a controversial goal that should never have stood at Wembley.
Chelsea were edging Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham 1-0 thanks to Didier Drogba's first-half opener when Atkinson awarded the Blues a second through Juan Mata in the 48th minute.
The Spaniard shot goalwards through a crowded penalty box, but with defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Mata's team-mate John Terry both on the turf, the ball was not able to cross the line.
Despite having a clear sight of the goal, Atkinson almost instantly blew his whistle to award the west London club the goal, a move which infuriated Tottenham's players.
The ghost goal caused Redknapp to throw his players forward and, although they pulled one back, their over-exertion cost them and Chelsea went on the rampage to claim a 5-1 win.
"The second goal was a disaster," said Redknapp. "It was nowhere near a goal. It was a huge mistake.
"We looked too open after that and they picked us off. It was key.
"He's (Atkinson) made a big mistake. I don't see how he can give the goal. It's nowhere near over the line.
"There were bodies on the line and the ball couldn't possibly get over the line.
"He must have (guessed). He can't have been sure."
Tottenham's players were incensed at the decision and surrounded the referee and assistant Mick McDonough after the 'goal', but it was already too late. It had been given.
Redknapp revealed Atkinson had approached him after the game to apologise.
Redknapp added: "I spoke to him. He says he feels worse than I do. I said: 'I don't think so'.
"He knows he's made a mistake and he says he'll have a bad week as well."
FIFA met last Friday to discuss the introduction of goal-line technology and tests will continue this month before a decision is taken in Kiev in July whether to implement technology, which is already used in a host of other sports.
For Redknapp, its introduction cannot come quick enough.
"Goal-line technology has to come into the game. You can't keep having situations like that," he said.
Redknapp's team lacked the fluency and ruthlessness of six-time FA Cup champions Chelsea, but there was no doubt that the second goal made their challenge much harder.
With Spurs well out of the reckoning for the Premier League, the FA Cup was the only chance Redknapp had of winning silverware before a possible departure for the England job this summer.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo understood his opposite number's frustration, but denied the decision altered the course of the game.
The Italian said: "Apparently it didn't cross the line. I can understand the frustration, but I don't know how much it would have mattered because today we scored five, not two.
"We believe there was a penalty in our favour in the home game in the league (against Spurs), on Ramires and we didn't get it.
"Sometimes you get a decision. Other times you don't."
Chelsea captain Terry admitted the ball had not crossed the line.
"I thought it hit me and stayed out but I haven't seen it on the replays," Terry told ITV. "We've been calling for goal-line technology for a very long time.
"Let's hope that people make the right decisions.
"It was an important game today and fortunately it went our way. Throughout the season things go with you and go against you and today it's gone with us and we're delighted.
"I thought we were the better side and scored some great goals."
Tottenham captain Ledley King also called into question Atkinson's decision to award the controversial goal.
"Obviously I haven't seen it again but from where I was I didn't think it crossed the line," King said. "The referee said he made the decision and I find it hard to believe he could see it from where he was.
"There's nothing you can do. He makes the decision and it's a massive decision at the end of the day.
"You expect the linesman to have made it. At 2-0 down you know it's going to be a tough game against Chelsea.
"We got ourselves back in the game at 2-1 and we've just been caught out trying to get that second goal and we've been picked off."
Frank Lampard, who went on to score himself, claimed not to have seen the second goal as he took the corner, but believes Chelsea deserved the victory regardless of whether it should have been awarded.
"I didn't see it," the midfielder said.
"Fair enough if we got lucky there, we got lucky. The referee's given it.
"We didn't have a conversation about it. We scored a lot of goals and created a lot of chances today and over the course of the game we deserved to win.
"It was an amazing game. I thought we played brilliantly. The first half was tough.
"Didier scored an absolute belter. I think we deserved to win that game with the amount we created. Tottenham are a top side but today we won it well."
Di Matteo has only been in charge for 12 games and now has an FA Cup final against Liverpool to look forward to, not to mention Wednesday's Champions League semi-final clash against Barcelona.
"My team played very well today,'' the former West Brom boss said.
"It's good to keep this positive momentum going. We go in to the Barcelona game with confidence now.
"It'll be a different kind of game to tonight, but winning brings that positivity within the team. It makes everybody feel better.
"It's not always been like that, our finishing. We were ruthless tonight, and scored some cracking goals. We always create chances, and tonight we were very clinical in finishing.''
Di Matteo may have to do without defender David Luiz for the Barca game after he was carried off on a stretcher in a challenge that lead up to Bale's goal, however.
Di Matteo said: "He picked up a hamstring injury so we'll have to assess him tomorrow, but it looks to be doubtful at the moment for the next game.''
Chelsea, meanwhile, accused a section of their support of "embarrassing" the club by not observing the silence in memory of the Hillsborough disaster ahead of the semi-final.
The Blues issued a statement condemning the behaviour of "a very small minority of fans" before their 5-1 win over Tottenham.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Chelsea Football Club is extremely disappointed that a very small minority of fans embarrassed the club today by not honouring the moment's silence before kick-off.
"Chelsea FC believes all moments of respect should be honoured and today we pay our full respects to all those that suffered as a result of the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago."
A small number of Chelsea fans chanted during the silence, a mark of respect to the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough during an FA Cup semi-final between the Reds and Nottingham Forest.
Other fans booed the disruptive group when the silence, also in memory of Livorno's Piermario Morosini, was over. Morosini died on Saturday after collapsing on the pitch during his side's game with Pescara.
Liverpool's last-four clash with Everton took place on Saturday to avoid being played on the anniversary of the disaster.