Lampard Heaps Blame On VAR

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VAR has come to stay, but it hasn’t really been a smooth transition as many would have expected, as there has still been VAR controversies since last season in the Champions League.

VAR was introduced for the first time in the Premier League this season, and it hasn’t been without its controversies.

Referee chief Mike Riley has listed only four major incidents so far when VAR was not deployed correctly, as he mentioned Watford, Bournemouth, Manchester City and West Ham as clubs who have been affected.

However, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard disagrees with Riley and insists that Chelsea have also suffered from VAR woes.

“I won’t agree with there only being four incidents because there have been five,” Lampard responded.

“Because we had one at Norwich which was a penalty on [Cesar] Azpilicueta which didn’t get reviewed. That is from my point of view and all managers will probably have their own ones they think, but that was a clear penalty.

“Maybe we should have all expected a bit of an in-between moment or process where we are coming to terms with it. I don’t think any of the intentions are bad, they are definitely not from when I have seen VAR up close and how it works behind the scenes.

“They [the referees] are trying to get everything right and what I will appreciate is the admission that there may be a few things that have not been quite right.

“We need to try to nail it down as a group,’ he added. ‘I get that, we will all work together. It is here to stay so let’s try to get it working as well as we can. It is still not easy. It is not as clear cut as everyone imagines, that you get a video replay and suddenly everyone is happy. It is not that way and if they have the humility to say that we can all improve, that is a good thing.”

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