Last night, Chelsea FC faced Fulham in a crucial Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, while both VAR and the referee made decisions that disappointed many football fans, including myself.
During the game, it appears that the Blues were eager to get back to winning ways, but things did not go as planned. The most painful part is when the Blues were robbed by the VAR due to a faulty decision.
Despite dominating the first half of the game, the Blues were unable to take all three points home due to their inability to capitalize on their opportunities. For example, in the first half, Kai Havertz had two clear chances to put the Blues ahead, but the first was saved by Leno and the second hit the opponent’s crossbar.
The Blues continued to play brilliantly in the second half, and after only 10 minutes of play, a contentious decision was made by the VAR and the referee that clearly favored Chelsea. Andreas Pereira intentionally stepped on Cucurella’s leg in the 50th minute, but instead of a straight step.
After a thorough review by the VAR, the referee decided to give him a yellow card instead of the expected red card.
Opinion: In my opinion, the VAR’s decision not to immediately remove Andreas Pereira from the field was the worst decision ever.
In the first meeting between Chelsea and Fulham last month, a similar situation occurred, but Joao Felix was sent off the pitch immediately after kicking a player with his boot in the 57th minute. The decision benefited Fulham, who went on to win the game 2-1.
Only if Pereira had been sent off early in the second half would Graham’s team have had a much better chance of winning.
Without a doubt, this is one of the worst decisions in EPL history.