VAR David Coote omitted from Premier League matches this weekend after admitting mistake over Tottenham star Giovani Lo Celso’s stamp on Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta
- Premier League referee David Coote hasn’t been given top-flight game this week
- He admitted to making a mistake over Tottenham star Giovani Lo Celso’s stamp
- Scrutiny on Coote increased later on Saturday at the King Power Stadium
Premier League referee David Coote, who was the VAR at Stamford Bridge, has not been given a Premier League match this weekend.
The top-flight official admitted to making a mistake over Tottenham star Giovani Lo Celso’s stamp on Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta last weekend.
VAR revealed it made an error by not sending off Lo Celso for his challenge on the defender in the Blues’ 2-1 win on Saturday.
Video Assistant Referee David Coote has not been given a Premier League match this weekend
Giovani Lo Celso was not given a red card despite stamping on Cesar Azpilicueta’s leg
VAR took some time reviewing the challenge from multiple angles but did not take action
VAR later admitted the challenge was worthy of a sending off despite its initial decision
The midfielder’s studs crunched down on the Chelsea defender, leaving him in severe pain but fortunately without a serious injury.
Referee Michael Oliver did not take any action on the pitch but VAR reviewed the incident for some time from multiple angles.
They concluded it was not worthy of a sending off or even a yellow card and Oliver did not check the on-pitch monitor to see the challenge himself.
Match of the Day 2 presenter Mark Chapman said he asked why a red card was not issued and he was told: ‘It wasn’t a clear and obvious error because VAR didn’t feel there was anywhere else for him to put his foot.’
But later in the match, the officials in Stockley Park revealed that it was worthy of a red card and they made a mistake. Referees’ group PGMOL later said Coote got the decision wrong.
Scrutiny on Coote increased later on Saturday when he appeared to call another decision incorrectly in Manchester City’s win over Leicester.
Jamie Redknapp hit out at decision to use Coote as the VAR for another game on Saturday
Coote did not give a penalty for handball against Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne from a free-kick
Coote did not give a penalty for handball against Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne from James Maddison’s free-kick.
Jamie Redknapp hit out at the decision to use Coote as the Video Assistant Referee for the second time in a day.
‘He (David Coote) had a nightmare earlier (in Chelsea v Spurs). He is not doing much better here. He needed a little rest this evening,’ Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
‘And he can’t see it was a red card earlier. That is a handball. He is putting his hands up to protect the moneymaker.
‘Look at his hands, he is bringing his hands up to the moneymaker. You duck.
‘He is the best player in the league but he does not want to get that ball in his face. It is as simple as that.’
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