Lampard blasts VAR after Lo Celso red card fiasco during Chelsea win over Spurs

Chelsea manager did not hold back on his damning view of VAR after Giovani Lo Celso avoided a red card in Chelsea’s win over Tottenham, despite Stockley Park admitting that he should have been sent off.

There were scenes reeking of incapability at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon during Chelsea’s impressive 2-0 win over Spurs.

Lo Celso appeared to stamp on Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta, which was missed by referee Michael Oliver who didn’t even give a free-kick.

VAR checked the incident, which looked like a clear red card as the Spurs man stamped down on the Chelsea captain’s shin, but the decision was made to take no action.

Remarkably, broadcaster BT Sport spoke to Stockley Park later in the game about the incident, and the VAR officials admitted they had made a mistake and Lo Celso should have been sent off.

Obviously it was too late by that point and the Tottenham midfielder played the full 90 minutes in west London.

Lampard was incredulous after the match, and was scathing in his assessment of the VAR officiating.

‘It’s not good enough,’ Lampard told BT Sport. ‘I’m sorry, it’s always harder to speak about it when you’ve lost because people claim you’re just shouting.

‘But maybe you need to shout because that’s not good enough.

‘Everybody in the world, in football saw that it was a red and it’s too late, it’s too late to do that, the game should be over.

‘I hate to call for red cards but when they’re endangering…that’s a leg-breaker of a tackle, without a doubt.

‘VAR has been brought into the game to see it again and give the right decision or change a decision.

‘I’m not saying anything about referees on the spot, it’s not easy on the spot, VAR is here to clear those up.

‘I’m not surprised that they’ve put it back, but it’s not good enough.’

Azpilicueta was equally baffled by the way the assault was dealt with as he responded to the incident while icing his shin.

‘Honestly I am not a player who likes to be on the floor because I’m a defender and I make fouls.

‘It was a clear stamp on my shin, I felt it straight away and I’m surprised it was not a red card or even a yellow card.

‘Everyone can make mistakes but when you have replays it could be easier.’

Goals either side of half-time from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea the 2-0 victory and a huge boost in the battle for Champions League places as they cement their position in fourth place in the Premier League.

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