Kai Havertz apologises for his reckless tackle after Chelsea’s win over Newcastle

Do you think the Chelsea striker deserved a red for that challenge? Was the referee to soft on that?

Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz has issued an apology to Dan Burn after catching the Newcastle defender with his elbow, a foul that many believed, deserved to be punished with a red card.

Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz scored a last-minute winner to seal the 1-0 win against Newcastle on Sunday night to seal the 3 points at Stamford Bridge. The German scored with a cool finish when many argued he shouldn’t have been on the pitch after appearing to elbow Dan Burn.

The German collided with Burn going up for a header, catching the centre-half with an elbow, but only received a yellow card. VAR opted not to intervene as referee David Coote was not asked to go over to the monitor to review his decision.

Talking after the match, Kai Havertz said that he did use his arms to jump higher but had no intention to hit Dan Burn. He said:

He told Sky Sports: “People know me not as a player who does things like this.

“This guy is like seven, eight-foot and I have to jump against him. You have to use arms to jump and when I jump he is higher than me, so it is tough. I can say sorry because I saw he was hurt and feel bad, but you cannot tell me I did this on purpose.”

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Eddie Howe bashes VAR’s inconsistency following Kai Havertz incident

Eddie Howe
Kai Havertz apologises for his reckless tackle after Chelsea's win over Newcastle 2

Eddie Howe believes that Kai Havertz could have seen red but if the referee had consulted the VAR

He said: “It could have been a red but not going to shout from rooftops but the penalty with the use of VAR I cannot understand that has not been given or the ref has not been asked to go to the monitor and review his decision.

“That makes a mockery of VAR.”

With trips to Lille (Champions League) and Middlesbrough (FA Cup) next up for Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel will hope for a better performance from his men and avoid relying on such last-minute goals.

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