Azpilicueta: He advised the referee to give Chelsea a red card

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Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed the VAR referee advised referee Anthony Taylor to send off Reece James during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

Speaking to BBC Sport, skipper Azpilicueta said: “Harsh. I feel sorry for Reece. The referee got advice from VAR to give it. He went to the screen to watch one replay.

“We got the double punishment, red card and a penalty – and two yellow cards in the same action. We were angry. But you have to calm down and find a way to fight together as a team. I think the team fought and maybe we had the best two chances in the second half.”

He expanded further to Sky Sports: “I would like to know if first he touches the ball with his leg, which can be [a mitigating circumstance]. You know the handball rule, we had a meeting… it’s difficult.

“In this position the ball is on the line and he just touched the ball on the leg and then the arm. I understand the arm is a bit further from the body but also we cannot run with our arms glued to our bodies. So of course as a defender it’s very difficult and tricky.”

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