Lampard explains why he blasted VAR

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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho was adjudged to have fouled Gerard Deulofeu in the box and VAR ruled in favour of giving the Watford striker a penalty.

Chelsea had clearly dominated the game against Watford before Deulofeu scored an 80th minute goal from the spot that changed the context of the game due to a VAR decision.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was angry with the VAR decision and explained why after the game.

The Premier League, referees and managers met last week to discuss VAR and Lampard said that the conclusion was that penalties would only be rewarded if they were clear and obvious, and Lampard hinted that the VAR decision went against what they agreed on.

“I have to be careful really but last week we saw a change in VAR, a clear change in penalties getting overturned,” Lampard said. “I was at a managers’ meeting in midweek and we spoke a lot about it.

“The absolute consensus from managers, referees, the Premier League was that 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.”

Lampard also likened Deulofeu’s penalty decision to that of Callum Hudson-Odoi last weekend that saw the Chelsea youngster get a yellow card.

“I’m so, so surprised from coming away on Thursday from that meeting to have that decision today,” he continued. “And then I reference back one week to Hudson-Odoi, he goes down, has a hand on the back, gets a yellow card and that is overturned the other way round.

“We’re not in a great place with it, are we? 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?

“I know it’s a bit contentious, I know it shouldn’t be because every fan might call for it. There might be pressure on referees, but if we’re going to say that 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.”

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