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VAR Review: Tottenham vs Chelsea - timeline chaos

VAR decisions in Premier League games are examined and explained, with a focus on major incidents, red cards, disallowed goals, and penalties.

Every week in the Premier League, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) sparks controversy. Fans and players alike question how decisions are made and whether they are correct. After each weekend, major incidents are examined to explain the process in terms of VAR protocol and the Laws of the Game.

Chelsea's 4-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur on Monday was filled with drama, including red cards, disallowed goals, penalties, and endless VAR interventions. A close call was made when Son was marginally in front of the last defender, and a Spurs defender was lucky to escape with a yellow card for a reckless challenge. Reece James' goal was disallowed due to a handball, and a potential penalty moment was reviewed for a red card and penalty, which was scored by Cole Palmer.

Moisés Caicedo thought he had scored, but the goal was disallowed after a lengthy VAR check. Another goal by Jackson was also ruled out due to an offside against Sterling at the start of the move. Sterling also went down in the box under a challenge from Porro, but the VAR correctly ruled no penalty. A potential red card for James was reviewed, but ultimately no action was taken.

In the 75th minute, Chelsea went 2-1 up with a close call, and Spurs thought they had produced a dramatic equalizer with nine men, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside call. The VAR review showed that Dier was just in front of the last defender, resulting in the disallowed goal.

The relentless wave of drama and VAR interventions in this match highlights the contentious nature of VAR decisions in the Premier League, leaving fans and players questioning the accuracy and impact of the technology on the game.

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