Naby Keita has not been sacked after a woeful challenge to Trevoh Chalobah in Sunday’s EFL Cup final, with the Chelsea defender needing full-time stitches
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The Blues player criticized referee Stuart Attwell for not punishing Keita in the 58th minute, when the Guinean exited without a card and VAR was not used.
Keita missed the ball in a tackle and hit Chalobah’s inner thigh, which the Englishman needed stitches to heal.
“Had to have stitches because of this,” Chalobah tweeted after the game, along with a video of the incident. “The referee is right there, don’t you understand?”
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“I’m surprised nothing has been said about it,” Hasselbaink insisted. “We’re looking at it right now but for me, Keita’s movements, he slows down.
“Then he went to the ball. Both dribbled but Keita completely missed the ball. If you look here, he completely missed the ball and hit the player very hard.
“For me, it’s endangering the opponent. Danger to the player and that should be a red card. I don’t understand that the referee didn’t see that.
“I don’t understand at all that VAR didn’t watch it because it was really bad. I was surprised, very, very surprised.”
Attwell showed four yellow cards in the final, three to the Chelsea players (N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Kai Havertz) and one to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Although Chalobah was not impressed with the arbitrator’s decision, the former Manchester United Captain Gary Neville believes Keita’s challenge does not warrant a red card.
“Well, he let it all go,” said Neville. “It looked a bit dangerous. Maybe both players came on the same. I thought Keita was late, but maybe I was wrong.
“Keita didn’t play well. It was a foul. The referee did it right today and he made that mistake.
“It wasn’t a red card, but I think it was a foul.”
Keita was not expected to start the final but was drafted at the last minute when Thiago Alcantara picked up an injury shortly before kick-off.
Harvey Elliott was then put on the bench and introduced as the youngest player to represent the club in a cup final – 18 years 329 days.
Thiago is now tipped to miss Liverpool FA Cup draw with Norwich at Anfield on Wednesday with a strained hamstring.
“I think we all agree, Thiago also agrees, there have been moments where he struggled with injuries, that’s why,” Klopp said when discussing Thiago’s fitness last week.
“Then coming back, even with his quality, you can’t always get up to speed right away. You can get the rhythm, but not always immediately.
“It would be helpful if you could stay healthy for a longer time…we have to try to find the right intensity for him.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/chelsea-liverpool-reaction-chalobah-keita-26346041 Trevoh Chalobah delivers the referee's decision in the Carabao Cup final after needing stitches