Hiddink makes shock Terry admission after Chelsea thriller
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Guus Hiddink has admitted that John Terry was off-side for his last-gasp equaliser for Chelsea against Everton on Saturday afternoon.
Skipper Terry controversially scored in the eighth minute of injury time in the 3-3 Premier League thriller at Stamford Bridge.
The veteran centre-back dashed into the penalty area and seized upon his last-gasp chance with a terrific reverse-flicked finish to break the hearts of Everton.
Manager Roberto Martinez was furious with the officials for allowing to stand a goal which he claimed was two yards off side and had been scored beyond the allocated seven minutes of added time.
Chelsea manager Hiddink admitted that Martinez and his players had a right to be aggrieved.
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Speaking in his post-match media conference, the Dutchman said: “Why should I deny [Terry was offside]? Martinez is right, he was. Oscar touched the ball and John was offside, although he made a beautiful goal.”
Asked for his emotion at the end of the game after John Terry’s controversial 98th-minute equaliser, Martinez said in his post-match press conference: “Anger, pure anger. It’s a clear-cut offside that should have been spotted.
“To make it worse, it’s 50 seconds over time. It’s something that’s not good enough. There is no explanation. It’s a big, big error.”