'Laughing stock' - Exclusive: Phillips 'Stunned' by decision involving Tottenham ace
Kevin Phillips was “stunned” after Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso avoided a red card in the club’s defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed “99.9 percent of people” would have got the decision right and sent off the 23-year-old for the challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta.
Lo Celso appeared to stamp on the Chelsea defender shortly after Marcus Alonso had given the Blues a two-goal lead at Stamford Bridge.
The incident was reviewed in Stockley Park by the video assistant referee but play was waved on. Shortly after an apology was issued from the VAR officials who conceded they had got it wrong.
When asked for his thoughts on the events that unfolded in the London derby, Phillips told Football Insider: “I am stunned. 99.9% of people would have got that right and they got it wrong.
“It was a red card and I have said all along I am for VAR but some of these decisions from Stockley Park. You think they are obvious ones, even the Harry Maguire one, look at it how you want to but he clearly kicked out but they did not see anything.
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“The Lo Celso one, real-time I get it, but when you go to VAR and they have the angles we see how they come to the conclusion that is not a stamp amazes me. It beggars belief, to be honest.
“Then to come out and say they got it wrong they are making themselves a bit of a laughing stock. It just makes you laugh – what are they actually looking at?”
The game finished 2-1 as Frank Lampard completed the double over his former manager and mentor Jose Mourinho.
Lo Celso will also face no retrospective action from the FA over the incident, as it was viewed by both the match and VAR officials during the match.
In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider he is gutted over Mourinho’s decision not to play star.