Chelsea boss Frank Lampard makes interesting point on VAR and why refs don’t use pitchside screen

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hit out at referee Anthony Taylor after VAR disallowed two goals, but took no action against Harry Maguire for his kick at Michy Batshuayi during Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last night.

Kurt Zouma had a goal chalked because of Cesar Azpilicueta’s push on Brandon Williams, but replays suggested United midfielder Fred had initially shoved the Blues captain.

Maguire then planted his studs into Batshuayi while lying on the pitch, but the defender escaped punishment after review, much to Lampard’s annoyance.

To add insult to injury, Chelsea had another goal ruled out late on when Olivier Giroud was adjudged offside by VAR after his shot flashed past David De Gea in the United goal.

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“Harry Maguire should have been sent off, that’s clear, and that obviously changes the game,” said Lampard.

“Azpilicueta gets shoved so the goal should stand. I don’t get why they aren’t looking at the [pitchside) monitor. It should be used.”

Maguire insisted he did not deliberately lash out at Batshuayi, saying: “I knew I caught him, I thought he was gonna fall on me.

“The natural reaction was to try and hold him up, it wasn’t a kick out, no intent. I did catch him, but it’s the right decision in the end.

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“I didn’t have any intent to hurt him or kick him. I’ve got studs on the end of my boots so it makes it worse but I apologised to him.”

The win sees United close the gap on Chelsea to three points, having been 10 back in December.

It’s the third time the Red Devils have been victorious over Frank Lampard’s side this season and Paul Parker thinks there is ‘silent pressure’ building on the Blues boss.

“Although a lot of people are saying United are the club in trouble, I would rather be in Ole’s shoes,” the former England…


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