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VAR officials at Stockley Park conceded ‘human error’ to blame for incorrect decision
Last Updated: 22/02/20 4:52pm
Giovanni Lo Celso protests his innocence after his challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta
Frank Lampard blasted the video assistant referee for failing to advise a red card for Giovani Lo Celso during Chelsea’s win over Tottenham and said the incident raises “more question marks” about how the technology is being used in the Premier League.
Lampard had already complained about VAR earlier this week, when Manchester United’s Harry Maguire escaped a red card after a review and Kurt Zouma’s apparent equaliser during the defeat was ruled out for a push from Cesar Azpilicueta.
Azpilicueta was at the centre of the action again on Saturday when Lo Celso’s challenge left him with stud marks on his shin – however, VAR David Coote advised referee Michael Oliver no punishment was necessary for the Spurs midfielder.
The officials at Stockley Park then conceded that decision from the VAR was incorrect before Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham had even finished, blaming ‘human error’. But Lampard had little sympathy with that excuse.
“Everybody knew they’d made a mistake,” he said. “We obviously have the monitor and can view it. I was waiting for the red card to be shown. Not with real pleasure because it’s just a tackle which endangers a player.