Derby County manager Frank Lampard has claimed that Harry Kane was clearly offside before he went through on goal to win a penalty against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi final first leg.
Kane was initially adjudged to have been offside by the assistant referee as he went through on goal and was bought down by in the penalty area by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
However, referee Michael Oliver checked with the Video Assistant Referee, who overruled the initial call thus awarding Spurs a penalty, which Kane slotted home on 27 minutes.
After the match, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insisted that Kane was clearly offside from Chelsea’s camera angle.
Now, Chelsea legend Lampard has also joined the Blues boss in criticising the decision. Speaking to Talksport, Lampard said: “It was offside! As I watched it on TV, I thought he was offside.”
“Even though the line seemed to say he was on, the angle was slightly off, and I felt that the lean was enough to be offside.”
“That’s not so much a Chelsea bias, I joke a little bit, but of course it needs to be absolutely as good as it can be, and at the moment it’s not.”
The 40-year-old said that although he was still a fan of VAR, the grey areas had to be clearly worked out before the technology can be implemented.
He added, ” I still think it has to come in and I’m still a fan of it, but with that decision, it’s a good sign for all of us here that if there are adjustments to be made then make sure we get it 100% right.”
“If we don’t, then we shouldn’t be going to VAR and seeing what they say.”
“For the referee’s sake, as much as anyone, because they’re culpable when they have a second look and still seemingly might have got it wrong.”
“So there’s a lot of work to be done.”
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