Former referee gives verdict on Jorginho incident

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Referee Craig Pawson was the man in charge as Chelsea defeated Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

One of the highlights of the game was Pawson’s refusal to issue Jorginho a second yellow card that could have led to his sending off.

Jorginho was a first-half sub as he came on for Emerson Palmieri in the first-half.

Ten minutes after the restart, Jorginho was booked for preventing Alexandre Lacazette from breaking on the counter. In the 77th minute, the midfielder escaped a second yellow for a cynical foul on Matteo Guendouzi and went on to score the equaliser six minutes after the incident.

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has admitted that Jorginho should have been seen another yellow card.

“I am amazed referee Craig Pawson did not issue a second yellow card to Jorginho at the Emirates,” the 58-year-old told The Sun.

“It should have been a mandatory caution for the Chelsea midfielder on Matteo Guendouzi because it was a clear holding offence by the Italian which stopped a promising attack. Jorginho was very lucky to stay on the field of play as he was already on a yellow card.

“Pawson was in an excellent position and had a clear view of the offence. It’s a basic error from an international referee.”

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