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Harry Maguire Puts Cesar Azpilicueta In A 'Headlock' As Chelsea Denied Penalty At Manchester United

Harry Maguire Puts Cesar Azpilicueta In A 'Headlock' As Chelsea Denied Penalty At Manchester United

Chelsea fans were fuming after their side were denied a penalty following Harry Maguire's 'headlock' on Cesar Azpilicueta.

Manchester United captain Maguire pulled down Azpilicueta inside the box, but Martin Atkinson failed to award a penalty during Saturday's Premier League clash.

Replays showed the England defender dragging the Spaniard to the ground.

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Though match referee Atkinson was unmoved and VAR was not used on this occasion to the dismay of Chelsea supporters.

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One social media user wrote: "What ?! Headlocks are a new tackle ? Get real - penalty."

A second tweeted: "Giving penalties for far far less in their favour and obvious ones not given against them. Absolute cheats."

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A third added: "Ridiculous, he knows exactly what he is doing and it's cheating. If he did this for England I'd be absolutely livid just defend properly. He's a strong guy, get in the correct position and he will naturally win the ball with his strength..."

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Sky Sports pundit Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes the visitors should have been awarded a penalty in the first half.

"It's 100% (a penalty) because what is Maguire doing?" He said.

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"If you see it Maguire is just strangling Cesar Azpilicueta! He stops him from jumping, he's putting his weight on his shoulders."

Patrice Evra added: "I used to watch wrestling and even Hulk Hogan would do this kind of move.

"This is a clear penalty that's why VAR, again we can talk all day about that but this is a clear penalty to Chelsea."

United and Chelsea eventually played out a goalless draw.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports/PA

Topics: Harry Maguire, Football News, Chelsea, Football, Manchester United, Premier League

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