Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has slammed the video assistant referee (VAR) after failing to award his side a “clear penalty” in Saturday’s 0-0 draw away to Manchester United.
The talking point from the dour 0-0 draw between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in the English Premier League was the decision not to penalise Harry Maguire after he appeared to manhandle Cesar Azpilicueta from a free-kick.
The VAR looked at the incident but didn’t raise it with on-field referee Martin Atkinson, with play continuing on.
“I thought it was a clear penalty,” Lampard said.
“I couldn’t see it at the time from where I was standing, and I think those ones are hard calls for the referee on the pitch.
“It is why we brought VAR into the game, but VAR was very quick to dismiss it.
“They should have taken time, and advised the referee to look at the monitor. If he watches the monitor, he has to give the penalty, so its very confusing from my point of view.”
Lampard continued on that he was frustrated that the VAR had seemed to have eased up on intervention in comparison to the start of the season, for whatever reason.
“There’s a frustration because the rules seemed to be moving in the right direction,” Lampard said.
“The referees were looking at the monitor a bit more at the start of the season. The person on the pitch should always take first responsibility, and that was given back to them with the monitor.
“It was a difficult one for VAR to give, but if they had given the person on the pitch the main call, and asked them to review it, that would have been a penalty.”
Elsewhere, Manchester City peppered the West Ham United goal but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after goals to Michail Antonio and Phil Foden.
Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United thanks to Diogo Jota’s 54th minute winner, while Crystal Palace won 2-1 at Fulham.