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Chelsea’s penalty claims at Anfield not part of VAR audio review show

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The latest round of VAR audio has been released by the Premier League for the backend of January and the beginning of February.

Chelsea have not been involved in many controversial moments in quite a while but the stand out claims include two penalty appeals which were waved away at the end of January in the eventual 4-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Given many thought it was a penalty at the time it comes as a surprise that the Premier League didn’t unlock further transparency in the latest edition of ‘Match Officials Mic’d Up’ which sees both Howard Webb and Michael Owen review some of the most controversial decisions of the past month.

The Premier League/PGMOL opted to release audio from West Ham vs Sheffield Utd, Newcastle vs Bournemouth, Sheffield Utd vs Brighton, Everton vs Tottenham and West Ham vs Bournemouth. Some of the above scenarios were far less controversial than Chelsea’s two penalty claims.

For clarification, the Premier League’s audio review states it covered incidents between ‘MW22 to 26’ with the game at Anfield being part of MW22.

Penalties across the Premier League have been inconsistent throughout the whole season and not having the explanation will leave Chelsea fans disappointed as this show was meant to provide background information behind decisions.

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