The matches keep coming thick and fast as the festive football season is in full swing. Putting it lightly, Tuesday is Chelsea’s biggest game of the season by some distance. With no Europe (just like Newcastle) this brings an opportunity of major silverware.
Over the week the referee for the fixture was announced and in the middle will be Jarred Gillett. A controversial figure this season and has been in the spotlight more often than not.
To make Gillett’s job even tougher it is confirmed that no VAR will be in operation. This has been a rule used in the Carabao Cup this season until at least the semi-final stage.
Gillett has been heavily involved with Chelsea this season but mainly as a VAR referee. Gillett was in the VAR room for Chelsea’s defeat to Nottingham Forest, the 2-2 draw against Arsenal, the 4-4 draw against Manchester City and the 3-2 win over Brighton. His most controversial moment was when he deemed Gusto’s challenge against Aston Villa as a red card offence despite looking at the screen.
This will be his first visit to Stamford Bridge since that incident. Gillett did referee Chelsea vs Newcastle on the final day last season but a game played at testimonial pace had nothing on the line.
Regarding suspensions, in the Carabao Cup it is cup specific, 2 yellow cards equal a ban which does get cleared after the next round. If Chelsea were to progress and Ian Maatsen was booked, he would miss the semi-final stage.
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