Chelsea’s ‘ballistic’ behavior against Southampton was vindicated, with the referee lambasted.
In their 3-1 win over Southampton, Chelsea felt disgruntled by refereeing decisions that went against them.
Chelsea’s title bid continued over the weekend with a 3-1 win over dismal Southampton, albeit the result could have been considerably different had the game not been tarnished by VAR disputes.
With Chelsea leading 1-0, Timo Werner’s goal was cruelly called out for offside, before Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse split opinion after a controversial red card was delivered for a foul on Blues midfielder Jorginho, despite only receiving a yellow card at the time.
They drastically changed the game’s atmosphere, with Chelsea conceding a penalty for Ward-Prowse to equalize from the spot – before the midfielder’s red card turned him from zero to hero.
The instances caused debate online, with many saying that despite video evidence clarifying the pair, neither should have been overturned.
The controversial implementation of VAR has been scrutinized for years, but in recent months, the public’s perception of the system has improved as the system has become more lenient.
Following the game’s judgments on Saturday, BBC analyst Garth Crooks clarified the situation, telling viewers that VAR should “mind its own business.”
Crooks, who began his punditry career in 1982, has been a lead pundit on BBC’s Final Score for a number of years.
And, despite the reduction in errors, the former Tottenham striker chastised the Premier League for continuing to make blatant and obvious blunders with VAR.
Crooks wrote in his BBC Team of the Week column, “VAR really should mind its own business.”
“We were advised that there were clear and evident errors. So why was Timo Werner’s Chelsea headed goal disallowed in the second phase of play when it had nothing to do with the first?” When Cesar Azpilicueta tackled Kyle Walker-Peters in the build-up to Werner’s goal, I assumed the referee waved play on but changed his mind when VAR hoisted a red flag.
“It was unsurprising that Chelsea captain John Terry and his manager, Thomas Tuchel, erupted in rage.
“Fortunately, Azpilicueta didn’t let the situation linger too long in his thoughts. He gave Werner the game’s best ball, allowing him to score Chelsea’s second goal and correcting what Martin Atkinson had clearly gotten wrong.” Chelsea was late to the party, but a. “Brinkwire News Summary.”