FA Cup: VAR 'shambles' overshadow Chelsea shoot-out victory

FA Cup: VAR 'shambles' overshadow Chelsea shoot-out victory

Antonio Conte criticised Alvaro Morata for getting himself sent off during Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Norwich.

Conte, who watched a video replay of the collision, called it a "big, big mistake" and added: "I think that we need to improve if we want to use this new system". "In this game there was a very clear situation, with Willian in [the] first-half [of] extra time".

The first club match to use it was the FA Cup tie between Brighton and Crystal Palace on the ninth of January, a game that relied on VAR just once-to quickly confirm that Brighton's late victor had, as the referee believed, in fact been bundled over the goal line via chest and not arm.

Only two minutes into extra-time, the Blues picked up their second caution for diving, with Willian going into the book. Instead, I think the person watching the game at least must have a doubt.

It was a seriously busy night for referee Graham Scott, and even with the help of the video assistant referee (VAR), there is still a lot of controversy about his decisions. I am a bit old fashioned and not a deep believer in changing the game too much because I like the traditional game, but we have to be open in improvement if technology can improve the quality of the decisions.

"We have been using it in Italy for six months, and you can reduce a lot the referee's mistakes". I don't want an advantage, especially if you know this system is being used.


"About Pedro, if there is a dive it's right to take a yellow card", said Conte.

Swansea City, the Premier League's bottom team, also reached the fourth round with Wilfried Bony grabbing the victor in a 2-1 victory over Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers but it was a grim night for the top flight's Bournemouth as they were dumped out after an embarrassing 3-0 replay defeat at third tier Wigan Athletic. But if you want to try quickly this new system, then you have to find the best solution.

"If there is diving, it's right to take a yellow card".

Speaking to English press about Morata's dismissal, Conte said: "For sure I think I am not happy for the second yellow card to Morata". You must pay great attention.

"The person that is watching the game must have a doubt because there is a kick to Willian, and in this case you have to call the referee and tell him there is a doubt, maybe it's not a penalty, but it's better if you go watch the decision", the Italian explained.

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