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Chelsea will really be glad if there were no VAR this season, as the Blues have been the club most hit by video assistants in the Premier League.
The video assistant referees have never overturned decisions in Chelsea’s favour, but have ruled three times against Chelsea, which is the worst record in the league.
ESPN found out that only three times have the video referee overturned decisions in the Blues’ games, and each decision went against Chelsea.
On August 24, Kurt Zouma’s goal against Norwich was cancelled because of Olivier Giroud’s foul on the goalkeeper. A month later against Liverpool, another goal, this time by Cesar Azpilicueta, was ruled out as well due to Mason Mount’s off-side.
The latest happened against Burnley this weekend when Callum Hudson-Odoi was initially awarded a penalty when he was brought down in Burnley’s penalty box. However, after a video review, the winger was instead booked for diving.
According to former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher, the decision to overturn the penalty and give Hudson-Odoi a yellow card was absolutely right.
“I agree with this. I think this is where the VAR has done fantastic over the weekend,” Gallagher told Sky Sports.
“Michael Oliver is in a good position but he sees it at speed. You can see here that he has thrown himself to the fall.
“Absolutely right and it’s a yellow card. And the penalty is disallowed.”