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Ex-Prem ref Foy: Why Spurs midfielder Lo Celso avoided red card

Former Premier League referee Chris Foy admits Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso should've been sent off in defeat at Chelsea.

Lo Celso somehow escaped a red card for a shocking stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta during Chelsea's 2-1 win against Tottenham, a decision which left Frank Lampard fuming.

"It was a clear red, it's as simple as that," said Foy to the Daily Mail.

Neither referee Michael Oliver nor VAR David Coote had deemed Lo Celso's horror challenge worthy of punishment, the argument from the VAR being that the Tottenham midfielder had nowhere else to put his foot.

"I can only assume that David thought Lo Celso had no other place to put his foot," said Foy. "In that case he would not have advised Michael Oliver to go to the screen because it was not an act of serious foul play. That was a misjudgement by David Coote.

"The referee can still go to the screen but remember that he hadn't even given a foul, he'd given a throw-in. So, when David Coote tells him it's not serious foul play, Michael wouldn't have felt compelled to take another look. In hindsight, he should have gone to have a look. Basically it's human error. It was a clear red."

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