Why Axel Disasi’s goal for Chelsea against Burnley was ruled out

Disasi's goal was ruled out by VAR | Photo Credit: BBC

Why Axel Disasi’s goal for Chelsea against Burnley was ruled out

Ayoola Kelechi 16:58 - 30.03.2024

The Blues thought thy had taken the lead through their French centre-back only for the goal to be disallowed by VAR

Chelsea defender Axel Disasi found himself in the spotlight once again, but this time for a controversial decision that saw his goal disallowed during the Premier League encounter against Burnley. Here’s a breakdown of why Disasi’s goal was ruled out and the surrounding controversies.

During the match against Burnley, Disasi appeared to have redeemed himself from his previous error with a well-taken header, seemingly putting Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the lead. The goal came from a cross delivered by Mykhailo Mudryk, with Disasi meeting the ball at the far post with a decisive header.

VAR intervention and controversy

However, Disasi's celebration was cut short as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervened. Upon review, it was determined that Disasi had handled the ball during the build-up to the goal. Replays showed that the ball had made contact with Disasi’s arm as he attempted to guide it into the net. This ruling nullified what would have been a crucial goal for Chelsea.

The decision to disallow Disasi’s goal sparked controversy, with Chelsea fans and pundits alike questioning the VAR ruling. Many argued that the contact between Disasi’s arm and the ball was unintentional and did not significantly impact the play. Additionally, some fans pointed out an incident in the buildup to the disallowed goal where Burnley forward Zeki Amdouni appeared to be holding onto Disasi’s arm, potentially impeding his ability to play the ball cleanly.

Claims for a Penalty

In addition to the disallowed goal, Chelsea supporters also raised concerns about a possible penalty that they felt should have been awarded in their favour. They argued that Amdouni’s actions in holding onto Disasi’s arm disrupted the defender’s balance and ability to make a clean header. However, the match officials did not award a penalty following the incident.

The ruling to disallow Axel Disasi’s goal against Burnley stirred up debate and controversy within the football community. While VAR is intended to ensure fair play and accurate decision-making, instances like these highlight the subjective nature of officiating in football and the ongoing debates surrounding the implementation of technology in the sport.