Lampard Wants VAR Improvement In The Premier League After Hudson-Odoi Penalty Incident. This Is His Suggestion

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There was a penalty incident involving Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi after he came on as a substitute in the Premier League game against Burnley.

Referee Michael Oliver awarded Chelsea a penalty after Hudson-Odoi was brought down in the box before VAR overturned the penalty and Hudson-Odoi was then issued a yellow card.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche tore into Hudson-Odoi after the game and believes that the Chelsea youngster should have gotten more than a yellow card for diving. But Frank Lampard responded to Dyche that there was definite contact albeit minimal.

Speaking about the Hudson-Odoi case, Lampard said: “I have said nothing to Callum, I did not feel the need to.

“I asked him what happened on the day of the game, straight afterwards when I had done the press, and he said he got a touch [from the other player]. Clearly, when you see it back he gets a hand on his back. I know it is light, I am not saying it is a definite penalty but it is not a dive. I am not sure if Sean had watched it back from all the angles when he spoke.

“It was not a dive as such because if that becomes a dive then you are analysing every bit of contact, how much was it, was that enough to put Ashley Barnes on the floor or not, was that enough for Callum to go down or not. That is the game, those are the grey areas. I don’t think the whole ‘in five or 10 years this where the game is going to go’ was probably the right nature for what turned out to be nowhere near a clear-cut issue.”

Lampard has now advised that referees in the Premier League should be given the opportunity to check the monitor for themselves.

“I assumed when it came into the Premier League that would be the case,” he said, “and it is at the point now where I think they have to.

“It is not easy. Even with VAR there is an element of the human involved because they are the ones who are checking it and it is slightly opinion. At the weekend we saw it flip slightly the other way from what it had been, with some decisions being changed, and hopefully we find the right middle ground as soon as possible. Looking at a monitor on the side of the pitch is a way forward.”

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