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Lampard hits out at VAR after Man Utd draw

Chelsea: Lampard hits out at VAR after overlooking penalty shout in Manchester United draw

October 24, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Blues' boss was not happy with how things played out in the goalless draw.

Frank Lampard has reacted to Chelsea’s draw with Manchester United on Saturday and has not held back with his criticism of Video Assistant Referee. The 42-year-old manager bemoaned the inconsistency of the technology after his side was hard done in an incident involving Harry Maguire and Cesar Azpilicueta.

In a game in which both sides were pragmatic in their approach, the odds could have been tipped in favor of the Blues had the said call gone in their favor. With the game locked at 0-0 while it approached half-time, Azpilicueta found himself headlocked by Maguire as both players challenged for the ball from a corner-kick. Despite shouts by the visiting team and their bench, the incident was not reviewed with a number of replays indicating that a penalty should have gone in favor of the Blues.

In his post-game remarks, Frank Lampard applauded his side for the day’s performance but laid into the match officials for their poor judgment of the incident in the first half.

‘I thought it was a clear penalty,’ he said.

‘I couldn’t see it at the time from where I was standing, and I think those ones are hard calls for the referee on the pitch. It is why we brought VAR into the game, but VAR was very quick to dismiss it.

‘They should have taken time, and advised the referee to look at the monitor. If he watches the monitor, he has to give the penalty, so it’s very confusing from my point of view.

‘There’s a frustration because the rules seemed to be moving in the right direction,’ Lampard added.

‘The referees were looking at the monitor a bit more at the start of the season. The person on the pitch should always take first responsibility, and that was given back to them with the monitor.

‘It was a difficult one for VAR to give, but if they had given the person on the pitch the main call, and asked them to review it, that would have been a penalty.’

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