Former referee explains why VAR didn’t cancel Chalobah’s goal despite Rudiger’s handball

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Chelsea defeated Juventus 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night as the Blues went top of the Champions League group H.

Juventus players would feel aggrieved following the first goal scored by Chelsea, as they planned to play out their first leg tactics with another defensive showing that didn’t work out this time.

For Chelsea’s first goal, a Reece James corner kick ricocheted off the hands of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger before the ball kindly fell for Blues defender Trevoh Chalobah. Chalobah would make no mistake in smashing a well-struck shot beyond the reach of Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Juventus players cried out for cancellation of the goal, with skipper Leonardo Bonnuci insisting that the ball had struck Rudiger’s hand before dropping to Chalobah.

Despite all their claims and VAR reviews, the goal still stood.

Former referee Peter Walton has now explained why VAR didn’t cancel the goal, which would have easily been disallowed last season.

“There were two things they were checking there,” the former referee explained during BT Sports’ coverage of the game.

“The first was ‘was there a foul on the near post when the corner came in?’ There wasn’t. And then ‘was there a handball offence?’

“Well, there was a slight handball but if you remember, the law was changed so it’s only the player who puts the ball in the net for the handball, not his mate and as it is deemed on the VAR, that slight handball wasn’t a deliberate act and therefore no offence was committed.”

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