Chelsea star apologises for unintentional foul after Newcastle win

Chelsea goalscorer Kai Havertz insisted that he did not hurt Newcastle defender Dan Burn on purpose during Sunday’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Havertz received a yellow card in the first half after his elbow struck Burn in the face as they both challenged for a header.

VAR reviewed the incident and eventually judged that referee David Coote made the right decision.

Many Newcastle fans were understandably not happy that Chelsea did not go to 10 men.

Jamie Redknapp, during Sky Sports’ live coverage (via Chronicle Live), described Havertz’s challenge as “very dangerous”.

After the game, Havertz apologised but also explained that he had no intention to hurt Burn.

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“People know me not as a player who does things like this,” the Germany international told Sky Sports about his foul.

“This guy is like seven-, eight-foot, and I have to jump against him.

“You have to use arms to jump and when I jump he is higher than me, so it is tough.

“I can say sorry because I saw he was hurt and feel bad, but you cannot tell me I did this on purpose.”

The question is whether it was a serious foul play which is a sending-off offence.

Players raise their hands during aerial challenges all the time, and while it could have caused more serious injury to Burn, it was an unintentional foul.

On the other hand, we have seen players get sent off for less these days. Havertz might have got away with this one.

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Newcastle made it difficult for Chelsea, says Havertz

From Chelsea’s point of view, the 22-year-old’s staying on the pitch eventually proved crucial.

He scored the winning goal, his fifth goal in his last five games.

Newcastle defenders actually dealt with Chelsea forwards really well in the game, but for a player of Havertz’s calibre, one good chance was all he needed.

“It was very tough. Newcastle made life hard for us,” the former Bayer Leverkusen added.

“Up front it was tough – they have big defenders, who always tried to block us and foul us.

“But we talked about this at half-time and how to get around this. We dug in, tried to give our best and in the end it was brilliant for us.”

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