Furious Lampard slams "not good enough" refereeing after VAR clanger

Furious Frank Lampard says that it is time to shout about refereeing errors after Giovani Lo Celso's horror tackle was missed by VAR.

Video official David Coote watched over 20 replays of Lo Celso's challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta during Saturday afternoon's clash between Chelsea and Tottenham.

The over-the-top challenge left Lampard fuming on the sidelines – and even more so after Coote claimed that it was not a clear and obvious error.

Following the game, Azpilicueta was pictured with an ice pack on his leg from the impact.

Referees chiefs admitted before full-time that they dropped a clanger by not sending Lo Celso off, with the original explanation being that he had nowhere else to place his foot.

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"Not good enough," Lampard told BT Sport following the match. "It's not good enough.

"I am sorry but it is two VARs now in two games. It's obviously easier to speak about it when you have lost but maybe you need to shout because that is not good enough.

"At the end of the day, everyone in the world who knows football saw that.

"It was a red – and it was too late. The game should have been over.

"I hate to call for red cards for when you are endangering – it is a leg breaker of a tackle without a doubt.

"You get VAR to have a look at it and give the right decision or change the decision.

"I am not saying anything about the referees on the spot. It is not easy on the spot.

"But the VAR is here to clear those up.

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"I am not surprised that they have put it right, but it is not good enough."

Thankfully for Lampard, the result did not depend on the decision. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso helped them to a 2-1 win.

Antonio Rudiger's own goal late on gave Spurs hope of an unlikely point, but they could not find a breakthrough in stoppage time.

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