Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea manager, criticizes VAR and says decision ‘damages’ Premier League.

The Blues looked set to secure all three points in a lively second half. Conor Gallagher’s assist and left-footed strike had brought his team back from a 2-0 halftime deficit. Disasi’s last-minute header was initially allowed by referee Craig Pawson but was later disallowed after VAR Chris Kavanagh reviewed a shoulder barge by Badiashile. This decision resulted in confrontation between Chelsea players and the referee, with Noni Madueke receiving a yellow card.

Pochettino criticized VAR, referencing another recent incident involving a potential penalty in the FA Cup semi-final. He expressed concern for the impact on the Premier League’s reputation. Vice-captain Gallagher expressed his disappointment in the decision regarding his goal, emphasizing the team’s character and determination. Chelsea, currently ninth in the Premier League, still hold hopes of qualifying for European competition.

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