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Giovani Lo Celso Somehow Avoids Red Card For Stamp Cesar Azpilicueta

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.

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Oliver missed the incident but VAR somehow followed up his mistake by not punishing the Argentine's clear foul:

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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.

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.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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