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Referee chiefs admit VAR clanger as Giovani Lo Celso escapes red card decision

Referee bosses admitted they dropped a clanger with the VAR decision not the send off Giovani Lo Celso in Tottenham’s loss at Chelsea.

The Argentinian left a late challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta shortly after Chelsea went 2-0 up at Stamford Bridge. 

There were loud calls for the red card and VAR immediately reviewed the decision after it appeared referee Michael Oliver missed the extent of the challenge.

But after over 20 replays, video official David Coote said that there was not a clear and obvious error.

However, minutes later, Stockley Park assistants admitted that Coote had made the wrong decision and that Lo Celso should have been removed from the pitch.

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Coote initially decided that Lo Celso should not have been sent off as he had nowhere else to put his foot.

It had no lasting damage on the result, with Chelsea running out 2-1 winners.

Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso scored in either half to give Frank Lampard’s side a boost in their top-four pursuits. An Antonio Rudiger own goal late on was a mere consolation for Spurs.

But the day was dominated by a VAR decision which saw Lo Cleso stay on the pitch.

The Argentine appeared to allegedly stamp on Blues captain Azpiliceuta’s leg on the hour mark.

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No call for a red card came, though, which left a lot of pundits confused, including former Liverpool forward Michael Owen.

Posting on Twitter, the pundit wrote: “Two potential red card incidents involving Lo Celso.

“Can’t believe he’s still on the pitch.

“Again, the technology does its job but the VAR referee makes a very poor decision.”

But he is not the only complaining about the decision.

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