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United's Harry Maguire should have been sent off, says Frank Lampard – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

United's Harry Maguire should have been sent off, says Frank Lampard – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

  • Maguire admits ‘catching’ Michy Batshuayi off the ball
  • ‘I don’t like the way we’re losing games,’ says Lampard

3563 The Chelsea bench demands action after Harry Maguire (right) clashes with Michy Batshuayi. Photograph: Chris Lee – Chelsea FC / Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Frank Lampard said after Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat against Manchester United that he believed Harry Maguire should have been sent off.

Television replays showed the United central defender appearing to kick out at Michy Batshuayi as the pair tangled off the field in the first half. The incident was reviewed by video technology and no card was given; to compound Chelsea’s chagrin Maguire went on to score United’s second goal.

“Maguire should have been sent off,” Lampard said. “That’s clear, and that obviously changes the game. It’s just a wrong decision – everyone I’ve spoken to has said the same. Which I suppose is harder to take with the presence of VAR. Decisions like that are crucial. That’s a major part of what VAR was brought in for: a second viewing, different angles. I don’t get why they aren’t looking at the monitor. It should be used. ”

Maguire defended his actions by claiming that his kick at Batshuayi was a form of pre-emptive strike. “I know I caught him,” Maguire admitted. “I felt he was going to fall on me, and my natural reaction was to straighten my leg to stop him. It wasn’t a kick-out and I had no intent to hurt him. I apologized to him, and it was nice that the referee [Anthony Taylor] saw sense. ” United’s win reignites the battle for fourth place, with only three points separating Chelsea , United and Tottenham (as well as Sheffield United in sixth place). “I don’t like the way we’re losing games,” Lampard said. “With lots of possession, lots of shots at goal and we’re not finishing them.”

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