‘Never a red’ – Former PL midfielder defends Lo Celso after controversial VAR decision

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Former Wolves defender Karl Henry has claimed that Giovani Lo Celso’s challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta was not a red car offence and that VAR got the call correct by not reversing Michael Oliver’s decision.

While Lo Celso’s challenge on Azpilicueta looked innocuous when it happened, slow-motion replays revealed that the Argentine had appeared to stamp on the Chelsea defender’s shin.

However, the VAR in-charge of the game decided that it wasn’t a clear and obvious error on the part of the referee, thus meaning that the Spurs midfielder was let off.

As it happened, the decision didn’t have any bearing on the actual result as Chelsea ran away as 2-1 winners on the day.

While VAR’s decision to not send Lo Celso off has received a lot of criticism, Henry felt that the call was the right one as it was the Chelsea defender that slid his foot under Lo Celso as he was planting his foot down.

The 37-year-old posted the following series of tweets about the incident:

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I certainly take Henry’s point about Lo Celso perhaps not intending to step on Azpilicueta but I still think he was fortunate not to get sent off as nine out of ten officials would have given the Argentine his marching orders. In truth, only Lo Celso knows whether there was any intent or not.

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