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EPL: Lampard blasts VAR after Chelsea’s nervy win at Watford

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ENGLAND – Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has lashed out at Video Assistant Referee (VAR), claiming “we are in a really dangerous place”, after more controversy at Vicarage Road.

A week after having a penalty overturned and Callum Hudson-Odoi instead booked for diving, the Blues conceded a spot-kick against Watford following a lengthy review.

Jorginho was adjudged to have tripped Gerard Deulofeu, following the intervention of VAR official Mike Dean and on-field referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.

Deulofeu stepped up to make it 2-1, as Chelsea held on for three points.

And Lampard said what unfolded at Watford, went against what Premier League managers were told would happen at a meeting about VAR on Thursday.

He said: “If we’re going to say there might be grey areas in turning over decisions because one referee somewhere else thinks it was more of a penalty than the referee on the pitch did, there we’re in a really dangerous place and you’re going to be tossing a coin every week to see what decision you’re going to get.

“I was at a manager’s meeting in midweek and we spoke a lot about it.

“The absolute consensus from managers, referees, the Premier League was the penalties or decisions — this is what I took from the meeting, anyway — are not going to get overturned unless they’re absolutely clear and obvious, and the VAR absolutely saw something that the referee on the pitch didn’t see.

“This didn’t, it nowhere near showed that, and the longer it took, the more worried I got. I’m so, so surprised from coming away on Thursday from that meeting to have that decision today.

“Anything that takes that long means there’s something they’re not sure about, so why aren’t we using the screen at the side of the pitch?”

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