Chelsea Fans Slam VAR As Chelsea Lose On Penalties To Liverpool

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It was a thrilling Super Cup final clash between Chelsea and Liverpool with Liverpool new signing Adrian the hero for the Reds in the Super Cup final showpiece in Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul.

Adrian’s penalty save from Tammy Abraham ensured Liverpool won the game 5-4 on penalty shootout.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the first half but Sadio Mane’s equaliser immediately after the restart took the game to extra-time. The Senegalese forward scored again after 100 minutes but Adrian was furious when he was penalised for taking down Tammy Abraham in the area with Jorginho scoring an equaliser to take the game to penalties.

Replays have now shown that Tammy Abraham’s penalty should have been retaken as he was way off his line.

UEFA rule states that: “The goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on/in line with the goal line when the kick is taken; cannot stand behind the line’.

Chelsea fans have shown their anger with the VAR’ decision not to call back Tammy Abraham’s effort.

Speaking on beIN Sports, former Scotland striker Gray declared VAR did “nothing to help” the referee for the penalty Chelsea scored to level the scoreline 2-2.

Gray said: “You see, that’s another flaw with this system. If you don’t have the definitive angle, then you’re not going to get it right.

“I agree, I don’t think it was a penalty, I don’t think Adrian touched him at all, I think Abraham , very clever, went in looking for it.

“They don’t have an angle which actually shows it, and that’s the problem.

“If you don’t have an angle which shows the incident clearly, what are you supposed to do then?

“You’re relying on the referee’s judgement. I think most referees would’ve given that because of the position they were in, that’s the problem.

“Certainly VAR didn’t help at all. If that’s the only angles VAR had, it was a waste of time. It showed nothing.”

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