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Frank Lampard: Giovani Lo Celso

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says Giovani Lo Celso’s tackle was a ‘clear red card’

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso should have been awarded a red card by the video assistant referee for his “leg breaker” tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta and the decision leaves “another huge question mark over VAR”.

“I hate to call for red cards but when they are endangering, that is a leg breaker of a tackle, without a doubt,” Lampard said after Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Spurs at Stamford Bridge.

“Referees have such a difficult job and VAR was brought in to help them, make the game better and that is just so wrong today. It’s another huge question mark.”

The incident between Lo Celso and Azpilicueta happened after 52 minutes, with the Tottenham midfielder appearing to stand on the Chelsea full-back’s shin.

After a long review, VAR decided the offence didn’t warrant a sending off and Jose Mourinho’s side remained at full strength.

Lampard added: “This one didn’t need a monitor. It is a clear human decision – straight to Stockley Park, red card, game goes on but that one was wrong.”

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Azpilicueta shared his manager’s surprise Lo Celso was not made to leave the field for the dangerous challenge.

“I’m not a player that likes to be on the floor because I’m tough,” said Azpilicueta. “But it was not my fault because it was a clear stamp on my shin, I felt it straight away.

“I was surprised it was not a red card, not even a yellow card. Obviously everybody makes mistakes but when you have a lot of replays it could be easier.”

Tottenham boss Mourinho, however, had little to say on the controversy. “I didn’t watch it,” the Portuguese said. “I didn’t watch on TV and in the game. I don’t know.”

Chelsea were also left with a sense of injustice after their defeat by Manchester United on Monday, when VAR failed to issue a red card to United’s Harry Maguire for kicking Michy Batshuayi.

During the game, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Mark Chapman said on air: “I have a statement from PGMOL [Professional Game Match Officials Board] on why that wasn’t a red card… give me strength… not a clear and obvious error because the VAR didn’t feel there was anywhere else for Lo Celso to put his foot.”

Following the final whistle, the presenter confirmed in a tweet