Frank-Lampard raises Concern over VAR-Partiality

Ole-Solskjaer has hit-back at Lampard's Claims
Ole-Solskjaer has hit-back at Lampard's Claims

Frank-Lampard raises Concern over VAR-Partiality

The Blues boss has outlined concerns concerning the officials and their technology before Sunday’s big clash at Wembley Stadium

Frank Lampard has admitted to concerns that Manchester United are becoming a run of VAR decisions in their favour before Chelsea ‘s FA Cup clash with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Wembley.

United have had variety of status decisions enter their favour this season, the foremost recent approaching Thursday when Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew had a goal ruled out for a marginal offside, before Victor Lindelof seemed to bring down Wilfried Zaha within the box but no penalty was given.

Frank-Lampard raises Concern over VAR-Partiality

Palace chairman Steve Parrish complained on Twitter, saying “Is VAR broken?”

After Man United’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in February, Lampard complained about VAR ruling out a Kurt Zouma goal and missing a possible Harry Maguire red card incident.

“People said it might favour big teams maybe, due to the pressure or fan influence,” Lampard told reporters on Friday. “But those days are gone. VAR has are available to undertake and alter that, not just favouring teams but just to urge the proper decision.

“But there’s always a person’s element to VAR, still, and clearly they need to form a choice. The confusing thing about a number of the recent ones, and therefore the one on Thursday night, is that it’s a really , very clear and obvious decision that was wrong and didn’t get reviewed and changed.

Frank-Lampard raises Concern over VAR-Partiality

“A few of these have happened which is strange. I would wish to think that with VAR you’ve got to be level headed. Some might go against you or not, but we seem to be during a period where, in terms of Manchester United, they’ve got a couple of in their favour. It would be nice if VAR worked in our favour during this one.”

Indeed, Lampard had previously complained that Bruno Fernandes’ penalty against Aston Villa shouldn’t are given, with VAR not overturning a contentious decision just over every week ago.

It was the third penalty United have won since the restart and Lampard admitted that he will tell his defenders to not dive in against their speedy attack.

Frank-Lampard raises Concern over VAR-Partiality

“They need to take care because when players of such high level, quality and speed of the Manchester United forwards travel quickly, you’ve got to maneuver your feet and not dive in on them,” he said.

“That’s a crucial a part of defending at any point in time, but [especially] once you understand the qualities of the opposition, with players like that.

“The players don’t have to give that. As a player, we will mention VAR decisions and whether they’re right or wrong but if a player goes to dangle a leg and not move their feet, then you obviously do leave yourself hospitable penalties, VAR or no VAR.”

Chelsea were knocked out of the Carabao Cup and lost both league games to Man United this season. However, Lampard wants his side to place revenge out of their minds and disagrees it’s almost like the rivalry that developed between his previous club Derby County and Leeds United last season.

Frank-Lampard raises Concern over VAR-Partiality

“That was a special circumstance; there was tons more thereto , tons of off the sector stuff,” Lampard concluded. “When I say I’m not too concerned about it, of course, the detail of the sport and knowing the standard of their players.

“They counter-attacked us at Old Trafford to great effect, pretty similar at the Bridge, so I won’t go short on those details. What I don’t want to urge trapped in is that we must have revenge due to that.

“Because at the instant within the league we are fighting, we are one point ahead, it’s getting to be tight, those three defeats are just a part of our season, the Carabao Cup is long gone, the FA Cup is what’s ahead folks and that we just respect them for what they’re , a really good team with very good individuals, playing in great form.

Frank-Lampard raises Concern over VAR-Partiality

“The Leeds one was clearly different due to outside things that happened, with Manchester United, it’s two big teams, going against one another and that we want to win the sport for what it is.”


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