Video assistant referee was overused in Arsenal's Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea... the officials were like kids with a new toy at Christmas
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- Martin Atkinson referred to the video referee four times during the fixture
- The first two occasions the technology was used, however, were unnecessary
- Victor Moses on Ainsley Maitland-Niles for a possible penalty was worthy
The video referee was overused during Wednesday night's first leg between Arsenal and Chelsea. The officials were like kids at Christmas with a new toy — they just seemed to want to play with it.
Martin Atkinson referred to the video referee four times but only on the last two occasions did I think it was relevant for him to do so.
While the first two referrals were unnecessary, the third was worth a review — Victor Moses challenged Ainsley Maitland-Niles for a possible penalty.
The video referee was overused during Wednesday's first leg between Arsenal and Chelsea
The officials were like kids with a new toy at Christmas — they just wanted to play with it
It looked like Moses caught Maitland-Niles's boot, but when the video referee looked at it in slow motion, there wasn't enough contact. It was not a clear and obvious error by Atkinson so his original decision stood.
Atkinson was also correct to look at Danny Welbeck's penalty-box challenge on Cesc Fabregas in the closing stages. It wasn't a penalty but it was a good use of the video referee.
They should be officiating as if there's no technology. On Wednesday night I would question whether they did that.
It looked like Victor Moses caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles's boot in the penalty area
It was not a clear and obvious error by referee Martin Atkinson so his original decision stood
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