Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech has purple card modified to yellow after VAR test vs Spurs
Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech was despatched off after which introduced again on once more in a weird incident on the finish of the primary half of the Blues’ London derby away to Tottenham on Sunday.
Ziyech was initially proven the purple card by referee Stuart Attwell after he appeared to push Tottenham’s Emerson Royal within the face throughout a melee late within the opening interval, however was then informed to not depart the pitch because the official went over to observe the incident once more on the monitor.
After watching a number of replays on the pitch-side display screen, Attwell crossed his arms in a gesture to rule out the purple card and as an alternative produced a yellow for the Moroccan attacker.
Replays confirmed that Ziyech did catch Emerson within the face, however his hand appeared to slide after he pushed the Brazilian on the shoulder.
The melee began after the previous Ajax participant had fouled Richarlison, however he earned a reprieve and can be out once more for the second half.
🟨❌🟥❌🟨✅Ought to Hakim Ziyech nonetheless be on the pitch? 😧👇 pic.twitter.com/99X1cj3MDvFebruary 26, 2023
Tottenham got here closest to scoring within the first half after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s deflected effort hit the put up earlier.
Chelsea had earlier misplaced Thiago Silva to harm, with Wesley Fofana approaching in his place.
Oliver Skipp blasted Spurs into the lead early within the second half.