Lord Sugar has given his verdict on the controversial Giovani Lo Celso incident in Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League defeat in Saturday’s early kickoff.
Spurs took on Chelsea away, Jose Mourinho heading back to his former club for the afternoon, but found themselves on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat.
During the game, Tottenham midfielder Lo Celso appeared to stand on Cesar Azpilicueta’s ankle, which Frank Lampard described after the game as a “leg breaker” (BBC Sport).
However, referee Michael Oliver consulted with VAR, which reviewed the incident from multiple angles and it was deemed not worthy of a card, so Lo Celso remained on the pitch.
The lack of disciplinary action taken towards the 23-year-old proved very contentious, even more so after PGMOL deemed the decision human error by video officials (Sky Sports News).
Former Tottenham owner Lord Sugar had the following to say on social media:
Lucky no red card
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) February 22, 2020
Lucky is definitely an understatement, as many pundits and neutrals thought Lo Celso should have definitely received his marching orders.
In the end, the decision didn’t prove costly in terms of the result as Chelsea still emerged triumphant, but the fact Lo Celso wasn’t punished – and may well not be, even though PGMOL admitted he shouldn’t have escaped punishment – will add to the poor opinion of VAR amongst many.
Under PGMOL rules, retrospective disciplinary action is reserved for incidents “not captured by the match officials or VAR” (Sky Sports News).