Chelsea’s clash against Manchester United was only 20 minutes old when the first controversial moment struck.
Harry Maguire and Michy Batshuayi were chasing a ball down by the touchline in front of the Chelsea bench, with the defender clearing the ball long.
Batshuayi gave the centre-back a gentle push that forced him to the ground, and Maguire appeared to kick out at Batshuayi, catching him in a painful region.
The incident had the staff on Chelsea’s bench up in arms, with referee Anthony Taylor not seeing the decision sufficiently to decide on a red card, and thus VAR was called.
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However, no sanction was given to the defender. But it was a move that enraged a number of fans from opposing teams.
Supporters of Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool were among those suggesting that Maguire should have seen red – especially if the rules are being applied consistently.
The decision brought back memories of Spurs’ clash against the Blues back in December, which Frank Lampard’s side won 2-0.
In that game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Son Heung-min saw red for an extremely similar action against Antonio Rudiger, catching the defender in the chest with his studs.
And supporters were livid that the England international did not see similar sanction.
United eventually took the lead in the first half as Aaron Wan-Bissaka twisted and turned down the right before sending in a cross for Anthony Martial.
The French striker beat Andreas Christensen in the air to glance a header past Willy Caballero in the Chelsea goal, who Lampard had picked over Kepa Arrizabalaga for the second game running.
Chelsea will face Spurs and Bayern Munich in their next two games, and Lampard will be hoping for better as they look to maintain their grip on fourth place in the league.