Giovani Lo Celso Somehow Avoids Red Card For Stamp Cesar Azpilicueta
Giovani Lo Celso was the luckiest man around as Michael Oliver and VAR somehow handed the Spurs man a reprieve after his stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Spurs midfielder arrived at the ball very late after Azpilicueta had made a tackle and his foot went straight through the Chelsea defender's leg.
Oliver missed the incident but VAR somehow followed up his mistake by not punishing the Argentine's clear foul:
Chelsea have been fucked over by VAR two weeks in a row. Maguire should've been sent off last week and Lo Celso just destroyed Azpilicueta's shin and VAR have done it once again.- FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) February 22, 2020
No red card for this shocking challenge. Horrendous once again. pic.twitter.com/nv4QgyCx4b
That has to be a red for Lo Celso on Azpilicueta. Not given (VAR involved). Michael Oliver a good official (in a very average English generation), so encourage him to use the monitor. VAR all over the place again. #CHETOT- Henry Winter (@henrywinter) February 22, 2020
"Hi, guys. Just wanting to check on that Lo Celso challenge. Hello...?" pic.twitter.com/9KpwiDN9Xa- Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 22, 2020
VAR: It wasn't clear and obvious- Andy Castell (@AJ3) February 22, 2020
Lo Celso: pic.twitter.com/Zkwg7LcGz1
VAR - nothing wrong with that one either I suppose pic.twitter.com/dFcue0YpZ8- Shed Hender (@ShedHender) February 22, 2020
The referees at Stockley Park took a good few minutes to look at the incident but the referee didn't go over to the screen, which has recently been a directive from the referees association that they should do.
Half an hour later on BT Sport the commentators revealed that the video officials had admitted that they'd got the decision wrong and it should have been a sending off.
BREAKING: We have been speaking to Stockley Park who have admitted they got the decision wrong and Lo Celso should have been sent off... @btsport- Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 22, 2020
Worse still they claimed the reason they hadn't originally given the decision was because they thought Lo Celso's leg had 'nowhere else to go.'
It was the second time in a week that Chelsea were on the wrong end of what should have been a red card as Harry Maguire should have been given an early bath in the loss to Manchester United on Monday night.
This time the failure to send Lo Celso off didn't impact the result as Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso's goals gave the Blues a 2-1 win.