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Lo Celso escapes red despite horrendous stamp

VAR controversy: Lo Celso avoids red card despite clear stamp on Azpilicueta in Chelsea vs Spurs [VIDEO]

February 22, 2020 By Ali M.
Despite stamping on the Spaniard's shin, the Tottenham midfielder escaped any punishment for that tackle in the clash vs Chelsea.

Another Premier League round, another VAR farce. For the second game in a row, Chelsea have ended on the short-end of the stick involving the poorly-implemented Video Assistant Referee, with the latest controversy occurring in their clash with Spurs.

The Blues hosted Tottenham in Saturday’s early kick-off for a crucial fixture in the heated top-four race and marched to a 2-0 lead after 48 minutes of play. However, fans were understandably enraged due to an incident between Azpilicueta and Lo Celso.

In a tussle for the ball, the Argentine midfielder blatantly caught the Spanish defender with his study, stamping on the full-back’s shin with a possible leg-breaking tackle  Fortunately, after receiving treatment, Cesar was able to continue but the failure to send off Lo Celso caused an uproar.

The incident was referred to VAR, with the officials behind the screen checking for serious foul play. However, they decided that the tackle did not merit a sending off, nor was it a serious foul play in their eyes, meaning there was no pitchside review. Check out the best reactions to this controversy below.

Watch the incident (video is geo-restricted) 

The explanation afterward was that there was no serious foul play as Lo Celso had nowhere else to plant his foot and thus could not avoid Azpilicueta’s shin. Nonetheless, this has not gone down well with fans and experts, especially given that Maguire also escaped a red card despite kicking out at Batshuayi and catching him in the balls in Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Man Utd.

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