VAR official who decided against Lo Celso red card vs Chelsea dropped for weekend’s Premier League fixtures – Mail

Reports stemming from the English media this afternoon suggest that David Coote will play no part in this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures, on the back of his major error during Chelsea’s win over Tottenham.

Chelsea emerge victorious

The Blues welcomed Jose Mourinho’s Spurs to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, for a Premier League clash.

The matchup came as a crucial one in the race for a Champions League berth, with hosts Chelsea having occupied 4th ahead of kick-off.

Spurs, though, sat just a point adrift of their London rivals, on the back of a fine spell of domestic form of late.

But, when all was said and done, it was Chelsea who emerged with a deserved 3 points.

A fine display on the part of the Pensioners eventually saw goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso prove telling, as Lampard’s men took a considerable step towards Champions League qualification for next season.

Highlights: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

Lo Celso escapes red

While Chelsea, in the end, secured all 3 points, though, the capital giants were nevertheless left to feel aggrieved by another major VAR decision going in favour of their opposition.

Early in the second-half, a coming together between Giovani Lo Celso and Cesar Azpilicueta saw the latter come out the worse.

Upon replays being broadcast, it quickly became evident that this came as a result of a horror challenge on the part of Lo Celso, which saw the Argentine international stamp on the shin of Azpilicueta.

Incredibly, though, following a VAR check, it was decided that the Spurs midfielder’s actions were not worthy of a red card.

 

Coote punished

Shortly after their baffling decision not to send Lo Celso for an early bath, however, the VAR team at Stockley Park admitted that they had in fact made a mistake, and that the 23-year-old should have seen red.

And, as per reports from the likes of the Daily Mail and more this afternoon, this error in judgement is set to have repercussions.

Referee David Coote, who was in charge of the decision-making process at Stockley Park on Saturday, has been dropped from officiating duties for the next round of Premier League fixtures this weekend.

Coote will, though, act as a fourth official in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final showdown between Manchester City and Aston Villa.

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