‘We’ve been told that it WAS a penalty’: Frank Lampard reveals Chelsea SHOULD have had a spot kick after Blues launched PGMOL inquiry into Harry Maguire foul on Cesar Azpilicueta in Old Trafford stalemate
- Frank Lampard says Chelsea were incorrectly denied a penalty against Man Utd
- Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with United saw Harry Maguire drag Azpilicueta to the turf
- VAR did not award Chelsea a spot kick for the incident between the pair
- After a review from PGMOL, it was found that Chelsea should have had a penalty
The Blues picked up a point from their visit to Old Trafford last month, with neither side able to break the deadlock in an altogether uninspiring affair.
However, the visitors were left aggrieved after they were denied a penalty, with United captain Harry Maguire dragging Cesar Azpilicueta to the floor during a set piece.
Frank Lampard has revealed that Chelsea were incorrectly denied a penalty at Manchester Utd
Harry Maguire went unpunished for hauling down Cesar Azpilicueta in the 0-0 stalemate
And Lampard has revealed that the west London club urged the PGMOL to review the decision by referee Martin Atkinson and VAR Stuart Attwell, and that the body found Chelsea were wrongly denied the penalty.
‘The one against Manchester United recently for us, that goes against us, we’ve inquired about the reasons for that decision,’ said Lampard.
‘We’ve been told that it was a penalty; VAR didn’t take much time to look at it. And that goes against us and possibly, probably, lost us two points on the day.’
Pundits and fans were left aghast at the decision not hand Chelsea the spot kick, with former star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank insisting that the incident was ‘100 percent a penalty’.
Referee Martin Atkinson did not give the spot kick, nor did VAR Stuart Attwell after review
Pundits hit out at the call, as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank said Maguire ‘strangled’ the Chelsea star
‘If you see it from a different angle, he’s just strangling Azpilicueta here and stops him from jumping,’ Hasselbank said. ‘He’s putting his weight on his shoulders.’
‘I used to watch wrestling but this is a clear penalty,’ joked former United star Patrice Evra. ‘I think we can talk all day but it’s a clear penalty for Chelsea.’
Lampard made the revelation this week after Chelsea were awarded two spot kicks against Rennes in the Champions League. The second, for a handball against Dalbert, was a decision many felt to be harsh.
The Chelsea boss has called on football authorities to sharpen up the use of video technology so that the correct decisions are made.
And Lampard says that the PGMOL have reviewed the decision and found the VAR was wrong
Lampard is seeking greater clarity and sharpness in decisions made by video technology
‘So with VAR and the subtle differences we’ve got to make sure that VAR is there for a reason, to get decisions right, with retrospect and time, for everyone on an even playing field.
‘That was just one that went against us there, and in midweek certainly we had one that helped us, but had a big impact on the game.
‘I think the handball rule we adjusted in the Premier League, not being adjusted in the Champions League and from FIFA it seems, it’s a rule that I think universally is disliked by anyone who plays, watches or supports football.
‘I can’t back it in midweek even though it gives us a penalty and a red card, because it just doesn’t feel right. I think that has to be looked at in Europe in terms of how we move forward.
‘That one goes in our favour, and I think it’s important to be open and honest about that, I mentioned it after the game.’