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VAR in Premier League: Referee ‘made the wrong call’ on Lo Celso

Final Score’s Garth Crooks and Leon Osman react to Giovani lo Celso’s controversial tackle

The video assistant referee “made the wrong call” in failing to send off Tottenham’s Giovani lo Celso against Chelsea, says a leading figure at the body that oversees match officials.

Lo Celso escaped a red card for a tackle on Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chris Foy, head of public engagement at the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), says it was a “human error” by VAR official David Coote.

“He will learn from that, he will certainly reflect on it,” said Foy.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Foy – a former Premier League referee – added: “David is a very good referee, he is a human being and human beings make mistakes. Human error played a part in that and it was the wrong call.”

During the game, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Mark Chapman was given a statement by the PGMOL stating Lo Celso’s tackle was not worthy of a red card because “the VAR didn’t feel there was anywhere else for Lo Celso to put his foot”.

However, after the game finished, Chapman posted on social media