Former Premier League referee delivers Jorginho red card verdict during Arsenal vs Chelsea

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has insisted that Jorginho should have been shown a second yellow card against Arsenal.

The Chelsea midfielder, brought on as a first-half substitute, was not carded by the referee after pulling back Matteo Gunedouzi when already on a booking.

The Italian went on to score the equaliser for Chelsea as they completed a 2-1 comeback, with Arsenal livid that he wasn’t sent off earlier in the match.

To make matters worse, Lucas Torreira was carded for a similar challenge moments before the incident, which left a bitter taste in the Arsenal supporters’ mouths.

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Former Premier League referee Gallagher admitted his sympathy for the Arsenal fans questioning the consistency of the decision and believes Jorginho should have been shown a second yellow card.

“I was surprised he wasn’t sent off,” Gallagher admitted on Sky Sports Ref Watch.

“I was surprised for two reasons, firstly I think it’s a yellow card offence and secondly, I think there was a carbon copy offence by Torreira who got a yellow card.

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“In that space of time, the referee gave the decisions one way and then a decision another way. It’s a yellow card offence and they’re both the same for me.”

What made it all the more difficult to swallow for Arsenal was Jorginho struck in the 83rd minute to level things up.

And a late winner from Tammy Abraham inflicted a first defeat as Arsenal manager on Mikel Arteta.