Cesar Azpilicueta claims Sadio Mane should have been sent off against Chelsea

Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted that Sadio Mane should have been sent off for arming him in the face during the opening exchanges of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Seconds after kick off at Stamford Bridge, the Reds launched a long pass upfield and Mane’s forearm made clear contact with Azpilicueta as the pair both challenged for the ball.


Despite this, referee Anthony Taylor only showed the Senegal international a caution, and the incident was not referred to VAR.

Just eight minutes later Mane was opening the scoring for Liverpool and although Chelsea battled back for a point, Azpilicueta was fuming that he was allowed to remain on the field after the incident.

“It’s a clear red. I don’t mind if it’s the first action of the game, it’s a clear red,” he told Sky Sports.

“He doesn’t want to challenge, he does not see the ball, he just wants to hit with the elbow. Honestly, I don’t understand.”

He continued: “We have had these kinds of decisions the other day. Two penalties and the VAR didn’t come. Today, the first action is a clear red card. We are getting these decisions against us. Of course, they could changed the game.

“I don’t understand. We are promoting the challenges in the Premier League, 50/50 with the ball, and sometimes we have seen jokes of penalties in all honesty. And sometimes we see real dangerous actions and we don’t take action.”

“We see there are a few games where referees become a bit softer in terms of penalties, in terms of red cards. I don’t know what happens but we don’t see the consistency throughout the same game or throughout the season.

“It is disappointing. I watched the replay but I did not need it. In real life I knew it was a clear red.”

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Author: XenBet