Giovani Lo Celso SHOULD have been sent off for STAMP on Cesar Azpilicueta as VAR reveal they made a mistake when watching replay of incident… having initially claimed the midfielder had nowhere to put his foot
- Giovanni Lo Celso planted his studs dangerously into Cesar Azpilicueta’s leg
- Michael Oliver took no action and did not look at the on-field monitor
- VAR reviewed the decision for some time but decided it was worthy of a red card
- Stockley Park since admitted they made a mistake and he deserved to be sent off
VAR has admitted they made a mistake by not sending off Giovanni Lo Celso after his violent stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta’s leg.
The midfielder’s studs crunched down on the Chelsea defender, leaving him in severe pain but fortunately without a serious injury.
Referee Michael Oliver did not take any action on the pitch but VAR reviewed the incident for some time from multiple angles.
Giovani Lo Celso was not given a red card despite stamping on Cesar Azpilicueta’s leg
VAR took some time reviewing the challenge from multiple angles but did not take action
VAR later admitted the challenge was worthy of a sending off despite their initial decision
They concluded it was not worthy of a sending off and Oliver did not check the on-pitch monitor to see the challenge himself.
Match of the Day 2 presenter Mark Chapman said he asked why a red card was not issued and he was told: ‘It wasn’t a clear and obvious error because VAR didn’t feel there was anywhere else for him to put his foot.’
But later in the match, the officials in Stockley Park revealed that it was worthy of a red card and they made a mistake.
There was no issue with the technology but the officials said they made a human error.
Glenn Hoddle said at the time, agreeing with VAR: ‘I’m not sure that’s a violent stamp on him, I think he’s tried to drag the ball back. If he was gonna try and top him he’d be a little bit higher than that.’
But many former players including Michael Owen, Ian Wright, John Hartson and Ray Parlour have since blasted the decision on social media.
Many criticised Michael Oliver for not looking at the monitor on the pitch to review the decision himself.
While others said Azpilicueta was lucky not to have been given a serious injury for the dangerous challenge.
It is the latest ruling by VAR to anger fans after Harry Maguire was not handed a red card against Chelsea on Monday.
The defender ended up on his back in the Chelsea technical area, tussling with Michy Batshuayi, and straightened his studs into the Belgian’s groin.
After a review, no action was taken.
Meanwhile Raheem Sterling’s attempt to win the ball against Tottenham saw him step on Alli’s ankle but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) did not deem the challenge worthy of a red card.
The decision angered Spurs boss Jose Mourinho who was adamant the England man should have been sent off.
Harry Maguire escaped punishment by VAR for kicking into Michy Batshuayi’s groin
Raheem Sterling was also not sent off for a dangerous challenge on Dele Alli
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