Audio recordings from the VAR team during Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea last week has been released, and we now have a better insight into the decision to send off Cristian Romero for his challenge on Enzo Fernandez, thanks to Howard Webb.

It may have been over a week ago now, but the chaotic match between Spurs and Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is still fresh in the memories of many fans.

With two red cards, five disallowed goals, multiple VAR calls, big injuries, and a 4-1 end result, the game goes down as one of the most eventful of recent years.

Unfortunately, Spurs are still reeling from the impact of that game, and sorely missed Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie at the weekend in the defeat to Wolves.

The pair were suspended for a straight red card and two yellow cards, respectively, with Romero’s being particularly contentious.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 06: Referee Michael Oliver shows a red card to Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 06, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

VAR process for Romero red card revealed

In a piece from the BBC, Premier League refereeing chief Howard Webb has shed some light on how and why VAR came to the decision to send Romero off in that game.

He said: “I know the check took some time but the VAR had to go through the process diligently and establish whether Jackson was in an offside position, and if he was, have a look at what happened just before that with Romero going in on Enzo, which is ultimately what the penalty and red card were awarded for.

“Playing the ball itself does not allow you to follow through in this way. We don’t normally see contacts like this after ball has been played for a reason, and that’s because players take care to avoid this sort of thing happening.

“This clearly endangers the safety of Enzo with excessive force. We see in full speed and slow motion that it is a red card so is a good intervention.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I do think the right decision was made regarding Romero’s red card. He may have got the ball, but he did so with very little control and endangered an opponent.

He really needs to sort this aspect of his game, because it lets him down sometimes and it’s a real shame because everything else he does is class.

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