Brighton fume at Reece James, Tammy Abraham’s boot in the backside and Chelsea’s VAR surprise


Muted celebrations

It was not the most controversial VAR-related incident of the day but, as the picture above illustrates, the jubilations around Cesar Azpilicueta’s opening goal were tempered by the Chelsea players – and most inside the Amex Stadium, to be fair – thinking there was about to be a check.

No one had any idea what this non-existent check may be for but it did not stop the celebrations being ruined. It was another sad episode for the technology that is making the Premier League a far less attractive watch.

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Boos for James after Burn injury

Reece James was given a hard time from the home fans following the aerial challenge that led to Dan Burn fracturing his left clavicle, ruling the Brighton defender out for up to two months.

There was no sign of intent to hurt from the Chelsea defender, who looked good on his return from an ankle injury, and Brighton manager Graham Potter summed it up when he said: “I don’t think there was anything sinister in it. Just heavy contact. These things happen.”

Yet the Albion supporters saw it differently and made sure to let the 20-year-old know about it right up to the full-time whistle.

James also apologised to Burn, a former team-mate at Wigan Athletic, afterwards.

Abraham kick up the arse from Bernardo

Midway through the second period, Tammy Abraham drifted towards the right wing and challenge Brighton’s replacement left back Bernardo for the ball.

As the home player swung a boot at it, the ball ended up going out for a throw in and he accidentally connected with the Chelsea’s striker backside with some force.

It brought a laugh from almost everyone who saw it – apart from Abraham, of course, who spent the next few seconds grimacing.

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