Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has blasted the decision to fail to send Giovani Lo Celso off for his challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta during the second half of the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea yesterday.
Lo Celso appeared to stamp on Azpilicueta’s leg as the defender came in to win the ball and the challenge looked extremely nasty on slow-motion replay.
However, to Frank Lampard’s bewilderment, the incident was reviewed by David Coote at the VAR base in Stockley Park and advised referee Michael Oliver no punishment was necessary.
The officials at Stockley Park then admitted that decision from the VAR was incorrect before the match had ended, blaming ‘human error’
Crooks believes that anybody who didn’t think Lo Celso’s challenge was a red card offence, doesn’t have the competence to referee a game.
Watch the former Spurs star’s had to say about the decision to BBC Sport:
Garth Crooks has gone IN here… 😳 pic.twitter.com/Kdf1vTutdU
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 22, 2020
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I fully expected Lo Celso to see red for that tackle. The Argentine can certainly count himself extremely lucky for not receiving his marching orders and a three-game ban. Lo Celso’s only defence could be that he had his eyes on the ball and didn’t see Azpilicueta coming but I am not convinced that was the case.
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