'Robbed': Chelsea fans now left fuming with incident during last night's game, not spotted by VAR

Chelsea supporters on social media were sent into a fit of rage after seeing a moment that went unnoticed against Brighton & Hove Albion.

One eagle-eyed fan spotted the event after the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge yesterday that could’ve totally changed the final result.

During the game, with the Blues holding onto a narrow lead, Callum Hudson-Odoi broke from inside his own half.

With Mason Mount making strides on the left, Hudson-Odoi had the option to feed his teammate or go for goal himself.

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He chose the former, yet ended up playing his pass straight at the only recovering Brighton defender.

In real-time, it looked like a really poor piece of execution from the young attacker.

However, from an alternative angle, it appears that the ball struck Joe Veltman on the hand on its way towards Mount.

VAR no show

VAR did not even bother checking this incident as nothing was made of it from either Chelsea player in close proximity.

Had they made a fuss then perhaps the people at Stockley Park would’ve replayed the scene and thus awarded a penalty.

As it transpired, the fixture carried on as normal, allowing Brighton the chance to equalise in extra time.

Blues fans were totally incensed that the infringement wasn’t given or even examined by the VAR.

Here’s how they reacted to the potential handball on Twitter:


Chelsea caught out by Brighton

Upon second looking, it does appear Chelsea have been hard done by.

At not for the first time in the match.

Veltman also escaped giving away another spot-kick after he seemingly tripped up Christian Pulisic in the area.

“Honestly, I would never normally say it, but we have a 100 per cent penalty against Christian Pulisic and we have a 50-50 challenge from Mason Mount right before the equaliser when the ball is going into the net,” said Tuchel about the decisions that went against his team.

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The Blues were already feeling sorry for themselves following the departures of Reece James and Andreas Christensen through injury.

Their anguish was impounded by the calls that were adjudged to have been made incorrectly by the officials.

On the other side of the coin, Antonio Rudiger was arguably a little fortunate not to be sent off for a two-footed tackle on Tariq Lamptey.

It’s all swings and roundabouts, although Chelsea probably feel they’ve been spun too many times in the wrong direction recently.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.