Saturday, October 26, 2019

Lampard defends Odoi after dive claim

Frank Lampard defended Callum Hudson-Odoi over claims that he dived during Chelsea’s 4-2 win against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The striker was awarded a penalty for the visitors but the decision was overturned by VAR which resulted in a yellow card being shown to the England player for diving.

It was one of few negatives for the Blues in a game in which they raced into a 4-0 lead before conceding two late consolation goals to the hosts.

And afterwards, Blues boss Lampard hit out against claims from Burnley manager Sean Dyche that Hudson-Odoi sought to con the referee.
"If I feel like it was a dive I would speak to Callum and say that's not what we're about,” Lampard said.

"When you're moving into the box at pace and cutting across defenders, whether VAR decides if it's a penalty or not is one thing.

"I thought there was a lot of things going on in the game with people going down under no real contact. Their bench wanted everything that was happening.

"Ashley Barnes, every time he has a contest in the air he falls to ground to get a free-kick to stick it in the box."

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