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Chelsea boss Conte and British football pundits slam VAR

21 Janvier 2018

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was fuming at the final whistle after Pedro and Alvaro Morata were dismissed in extra time and two penalty appeals had been waved away, but the Premier League champions regained their composure to win the shootout 5-3.

Chelsea breathed a huge sigh of collective relief after keeping alive their FA Cup campaign by squeezing past Championship outfit Norwich on penalties on a controversial evening. In this case, if it wasn't a penalty, it was right to give a yellow card.

With a host of yellow bookings by Graham Scott on Chelsea players, Pedro and substitute Alvaro Morata fell foul of the referee and were sent off in extra time.

Scott was the centre of attention as he refused flatly to refer any decision to the new VAR system - instead he stood by his decisions as the Blues went into mental meltdown.

Today it emerged that video assistant Mike Jones specifically told him his original decision was correct and there was no need for replays - unbeknown to confused fans both at Stamford Bridge and watching at home on the BBC. Antonio Conte went on to say that if VAR must now be used, then he won't put up with any major blown calls.

'I don't know if using VAR would have led to a correction'.

A frantic summer that saw 16 players depart and 12 arrive ensured that Farke's ideas were slow to take hold, but there have been plenty of signs in both matches against Chelsea that Norwich are heading in a positive direction. If you don't see this when you're watching TV, maybe when you're on the pitch it would be impossible to see this type of situation. If you're watching the game and don't see this situation. I watched it and this is a penalty.

Press Association Sport understands the feeling at Professional Game Match Officials Limited, which is responsible for the trial system, is that further review of the Willian incident in super-slow motion would have provided the VAR with a different opinion, that there had indeed been enough contact to merit a penalty. "I think the situation was very clear and I watched and it's a penalty, very clear", he added. "I don't envy the referee".

- Lewichenko (@FightingTalkz) January 17, 2018If you want to cut out diving in football then that dive from Pedro should've been a straight red. I like the English game as it is, with talking points.

"But you must be sure, 100%".

Both sides hit the bar in the first half before Michy Batshuayi broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, scoring Chelsea's first goal in almost six hours.

"We have to play in two days against Brighton and we have to try to recover very well", said Conte. If someone gives a punch or an elbow, you must pay great attention.

Chelsea boss Conte and British football pundits slam VAR