Lampard blasts VAR

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Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, and the game came with a lot of contentious decisions.

The VAR ruled out two Chelsea goals, of which the first scored by Kurt Zouma should have stood following the initial push from Fred on Cesar Azpilicueta.

United captain Harry Maguire should have also been sent off for a lunge on Michy Batshuayi’s groin, but the VAR ruled it as a non-violent intent.

Speaking after the game, a disappointed Frank Lampard lashed out at VAR for ruining the game.

“Maguire should get a red and then he scores a second goal,” said Lampard. “The game changes off that.

“That was a major part of what VAR was brought in for, a second viewing, different angles. The referee can’t see all the angles, and if you’re not going to look at the monitor then you’re definitely not going to see it.

“It’s harder to take with the presence of VAR than it would have been before. That is what it was brought in for. It’s very confusing when all the different angles still bring the wrong decision. It’s universally a wrong decision. It could be my opinion, but everyone I’ve spoken to, not just in our dressing room, but neutrals have said the same.”

“The Zouma goal should have stood,” continued the Blues boss.

“At first I didn’t think it should, it looked like a shove from Azpilicueta, but when you see it again he gets shoved in the first place. It certainly wasn’t clear and obvious. And Giroud was offside.”

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