‘We have got away with one there’: Joe Cole admits Chelsea were lucky not to concede a penalty at 0-0 against Atletico Madrid after Cesar Azpilicueta pulled back Yannick Carrasco… as Rio Ferdinand labels VAR a ‘farce’ for not looking at incident
- Cesar Azpilicueta underhit a backpass to his goalkeeper Edouard Mendy
- Yannick Carrasco went to intercept it but was pulled back by Chelsea’s captain
- The Atletico Madrid forward pleaded for a penalty but the referee was unmoved
- VAR did not recommend a look at the incident, leaving Joe Cole flabbergasted
Joe Cole admits Chelsea ‘definitely got away with one’ after Cesar Azpilicueta was not punished for appearing to pull back Atletico Madrid forward Yannick Carrasco inside the box.
With the score on the night still at 0-0, the Chelsea skipper underhit his back pass to goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, and the Belgium international appeared intent on making the Spaniard pay.
The defender therefore put an arm across Carrasco, who went to ground and pleaded with referee Daniele Orsato for his side to be given a penalty.
Joe Cole admits Chelsea ‘ got away with one’ after Cesar Azpilicueta appeared to foul Yannick Carrasco inside the box
Azpilicueta underhit a backpass and Carrasco went to intercept it before being brought down
The Italian referee did not award a spot kick, and nor was he told to review his decision using the pitchside monitor by VAR.
And speaking at half-time – which came after Hakim Ziyech had put the hosts ahead to give the Blues a 2-0 aggregate lead – former Chelsea star Cole admits a spot kick should have been given.
‘We have definitely got away with one there, Cesar knows he has undercooked it a little bit on the pass back and he is clever.
‘He knows he is in trouble so just puts that arm across him, but in this day and age I don’t know why the referee has not gone to VAR and had a look at it.’
However, the referee did not give a penalty for the pull back and VAR did not intervene
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand labelled VAR a ‘farce’ after this latest incident, and believes the referee would have reversed his decision had he been recommended to see a replay.
‘This is why VAR has become such a farce, because it gives decisions like that after you think “Oh my God how is that not been looked at,”‘ Ferdinand added.
‘Once the referee sees that he 100 per cent gives the penalty. This is another example of when we should be able to see the dialogue between the referee and the people who are actually in the VAR booth.’
Former referee Peter Walton also agreed that a penalty should have been given, insisting VAR had made a mistake in not awarding Diego Simeone’s men a chance to take the lead.
Daniele Orsato was not recommended by VAR to review his decision looking at the monitor
‘I thought it was a penalty kick,’ he said. ‘The reason I thought that is because Azpilicueta has clearly impeded him as he goes through with the ball there, and causes that foul.
‘The VAR is looking to make sure it is not a clear and obvious error, and I think there is a subjective viewpoint there and he hasn’t asked the Italian referee to go and have a look.
‘In hindsight that should have been registered on the monitor for the referee to go and have a look himself.
‘I am not suggesting that I am backing up the VAR in this case, I think the VAR has made a mistake and Chelsea have got away with one.’