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Rio Ferdinand wants explanation from officials on big decision in Arsenal v Chelsea match

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was left fuming because of one decision by the officials in the Arsenal v Chelsea game

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Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand expressed bewilderment over the decision not to send off Nicolas Jackson during Chelsea’s defeat at Arsenal.

The incident occurred just nine minutes into the match when, with the score at 1-0 to the Gunners, Jackson appeared to make a high challenge on Takehiro Tomiyasu’s shins. Despite the severity of the tackle, the Senegalese striker escaped punishment, with referee Simon Hooper opting not to even issue a yellow card.

While the decision did not immediately impact the outcome of the match, questions arose during halftime about whether Chelsea might have benefited from Jackson’s dismissal. Ferdinand, analysing the incident in the TNT Sports Studio, expressed disbelief at the lack of VAR intervention.

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“We all couldn’t believe it was not looked at by VAR,” said the 45-year-old. “We couldn’t believe it. We have seen so many instances this season as bad, if not even anywhere near as bad as this. You think to yourself wow, they have been sent off and they have not even looked at it. It was a reckless challenge I thought. I would love them to come and explain that to me, please.”

Jackson, who joined Chelsea from Villarreal in the summer, had been booked five times in his first six Premier League appearances. However, he has received only four yellow cards in the months since.

Social media was abuzz with fans expressing their views on the incident, with many believing Jackson deserved more severe punishment. Despite the controversy, Arsenal went on to secure a convincing 5-0 victory, with goals from Ben White and Kai Havertz sealing the win.

The victory propelled Arsenal three points clear at the top of the Premier League table, though their closest rivals have games in hand. Liverpool and Manchester City, in particular, have the opportunity to close the gap.

Arsenal’s next challenge comes in the form of a North London Derby against Tottenham on Sunday, while Chelsea will look to bounce back in their quest for European qualification as they face Aston Villa on Saturday night.

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