VAR audio from Chelsea’s win over Tottenham last week has been revealed following a number of controversial decisions in the match between the two London rivals.
The Blues won 4-1 against Spurs in a match that saw two red cards and multiple disallowed goals.
Ange Postecoglou’s side took an early lead after Dejan Kulusevski’s shot was deflected into the Chelsea goal by Levi Colwill.
The match descended into chaos after 15 minutes as VAR was used several times, including when considering a possible red card for Cristian Romero.
After a scuffle in the Spurs penalty area, Moises Caicedo scored for Chelsea – but the goal was disallowed because Nicolas Jackson was offside and obstructed play.
However, VAR reviewed Romero’s previous foul on Enzo Fernandez in the penalty area.
Referee Michael Oliver was brought in to review the progress of the match before confirming a straight red card for Romero and a penalty for Chelsea – converted by Cole Palmer to make it 1-1.
Commenting on VAR’s decision to intervene and award Romero a red card as well as a penalty for Chelsea, PGMOL director Howard Webb explained: “What a great game; tense, a great spectacle great for the Premier League.
“I think the officials did a great job on the field and in the VAR centre.
Here we are seeing a missed penalty on the field, but it is not always easy to identify these at full speed.
AR must follow this process diligently to determine whether Jackson is in an offside position, and if so what is the on-field decision, so let’s see what happened first That’s with Romero attacking Enzo.
.yes, won the ball, but that contact was above the ankle, which is why the penalty and red card were given.
So, a great process.