Frank Lampard ‘confused and frustrated’ at VAR approach to Chelsea penalty claim

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been left confused by VAR after his side were denied a penalty against Manchester United.

Many believed the Blues should have been given a spot-kick when Harry Maguire appeared to haul down Cesar Azpilicueta.

VAR is believed to have looked at the incident though no action was taken with the game eventually finishing in a goalless draw.

And Lampard questioned the use of the system following the game, which did not have many chances throughout.

The Blues boss said: “I thought it was a clear penalty. A clear penalty. Hard calls for referee but VAR very quick to dismiss it in my opinion. Very confusing from my point.

“There's a frustration when it [VAR] moves in the right direction with monitors a bit more but for some reason they've come off that.

“My players were appealing but when you have VAR as a back up there should be a chance to review that.”

Azpilicueta also questioned the decision not to award a spot-kick in his favour.

On whether the challenge should have been a penalty, Azpilicueta told Sky Sports: “A good question, on the pitch I felt yes and I felt arms around my neck and shoulders.

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“The referee can make the decision, the VAR is there [to help]. In any situation the referee takes the main decisions and the monitor is there for him to help.

“It was 50-50 so why not take 20 seconds to review it? I think VAR can improve a lot.

“It happens, it is football, I don't say every time there is contact there should be a penalty. In England there is strong physical contact.

“In football and in the Premier League always we should seek improvement – it is not a criticism, we can all help together to make a better league.”

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