In a surprising show, VAR has admitted its errors in refusing to give Lo Celso his marching orders after the Spurs midfielder made a reckless challenge on Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Video assistant referee originally deemed the incident to be accidental, hence, allowed the Argentine continue play even after making a clear foul on the full-back.
The tackle happened shortly after the interval with video assistant referee David Coote originally declaring the foul to have been unintentional.
Just as expected, the decision sparked outrage from Chelsea fans, as well as, Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard who felt the decision to allow the Argentine remain on the field was outrageous and rather unfair.
Jake Humphrey, a football pundit on duty with BT Sport said they had had talks with David Coote and he had accepted that it was a wrong decision.
Humphrey’s tweet read: “We have been speaking to Stockley Park who have admitted they got the decision wrong and Lo Celso should have been sent off.”
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the professional body in charge of match officials in English football followed up on this revelation, attributing the decision to human error.
Talking to reporters after the match, Mourinho in his typical defensive tone said:
“I hope the noise is the same noise as when VAR kills us.
“Against Liverpool, [Andy] Robertson should get a red card. Watford, [Etienne] Capoue should get a red card twice with the same referee.
“Why didn’t they say when they made a mistake vs Liverpool?”
With that win, Chelsea remain fourth on the log and four points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.
While Lampard was delighted to have defeated his former boss, he was displeased with the VAR decision.
“It is not good enough, that is two VAR [decisions against us] in two games,” the Blues boss said. “It’s hard to shout about it when you’ve lost but today everybody saw that. It is a red.
“I hate to call for red cards but that is a leg breaker. I am not saying [anything] about referees on the spot, [but] VAR is here to clear things up and it is not good enough.”