Ex-Premier League referee can't believe VAR blunder he spotted in Chelsea win v Leicester

The VAR officials dropped a clanger when they told Mike Dean not to review Timo Werner’s first penalty claim in the Chelsea win against Leicester City on Tuesday.

That is according to ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the incident in the Blues’ 2-1 victory at Stanford Bridge.

With the score at 0-0, Leicester’s Youri Tielemans appeared to kick through the back of Werner, taking away his standing foot inside the penalty area.

However, on-pitch official Dean ultimately elected to award a free-kick to Leicester and no VAR intervention was forthcoming.

Hackett was mystified by the decision, explaining that the blame ultimately lies with the officials in the VAR nerve centre.

“The opponent kicks him on the back of the leg,” he told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“I can’t see A) why the referee didn’t see it and B) why the VAR have looked at it and said it’s okay when it was clearly a foul.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’ve put the player in hospital. It’s still a careless challenge by the defender. The only outcome is a penalty kick.

“He’s moving away from goal but that doesn’t matter. That is a kick on his left leg, I’ve no doubts.

“In fairness, the VAR should have come in and done the business on it. This is what the VAR is for. It should definitely have come in on this so Mike Dean could go and have a look at the screen.”

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