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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard slams referee Anthony Taylor after FA Cup defeat

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard seem unhappy with referee Anthony Taylor’s performance in his side’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

The Blues suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in the finals on Saturday.

Chelsea could not hold on to Christian Pulisic’s early strike after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for the Gunners.

The former English Champions could not finish the game with 11-men after midfielder Matteo Kovacic was controversially sent off for a foul on Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, a decision which reduced Chelsea to 10-men half way in the second half.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Referee Anthony Taylor awards Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea a red card, after he receives a second yellow card during the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Lampard has poured his frustration on the middle man (Anthony Taylor) over what he deemed as a poor decision.

“That is nowhere near [a red card] and it changes the game.

“I cannot fault the lads effort for pushing, but that is never a red card. Again, coming back to us we did not do enough to win the final.”

He further questioned the video assistant referee (VAR) for failing to overturn the decision.

“What kind of rule is that? There has always been this one about how you couldn’t challenge two yellows.

“Someone is sitting there stubbornly sticking to their guns on that one because if we have VAR that is great.

“Let’s use it as much as we can to get the right decision.”

The former Premier winner was however not impressed with his side’s performance on the day.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Mason Mount of Chelsea in action with Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 1, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“I think the main factor being we did not do well enough to win a final in reality and that sums up where we are at,” he added.

“People were getting excited that we got top four, which we are happy with because we know it was a big challenge for us.

“But we weren’t ourselves and inconsistency has been a problem.

“Many things went against us, it is not a sending off, everybody knows that, so that was a shame.

“I can hang a little bit on those but to be completely honest we weren’t at our best today to win the game.

“We decided we wanted to make it like a small afternoon stroll five-a-side, five yards to me five yards to you, they stopped switching the play and we just invited it.

“We invited it in a one minute spell and the whole game just changed on that.”

The victory over Chelsea saw Arsenal clinch the FA Cup for a record 14th time, the most won by any Club.

 

 

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