– Maguire dragged down Azpilicueta in the area during Chelsea’s goalless draw with Man United
– The Englishman was seen draping his arms around Azpilicueta’s shoulders and neck
– However, his antics went unpunished, with Evra suggesting they bore hallmarks of WWE’s Hulk Hogan
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Patrice Evra has compared Harry Maguire’s challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta during Old Trafford stalemate on Saturday, October 24, to that of WWE legend Hulk Hogan.
Maguire dragged down Azpilicueta in the area during Chelsea’s goalless draw with Man United in what many believed should have been a penalty. Photo by Oli Scarff.
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With both Chelsea and Man United level, Azpilicueta seemed to have earned the Blues a golden chance to take a lead from the spot as Maguire clamped him down in the area as he rose high to head Ben Chilwell’s free-kick.
However, VAR overlooked the incident allowing play to continue much to the chagrin of Blues faithful.
A number of football fans and even pundits contended the challenge should have been reviewed and a penalty awarded.
Evra, a former United defender was among former footballers who delved into the debate, admitting it was “a clear penalty.”
“I used to watch wrestling and even Hulk Hogan would do this kind of move,” Metro UK quoted the Frenchman saying.
“This is a clear penalty that’s why VAR, again we can talk all day about that but this is a clear penalty to Chelsea,” he added.
Evra’s swipe on Maguire for the challenge was in tandem with Chelsea legend’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who claimed Maguire strangled his counterpart.
Hasselbaink was left raging after the referee failed to award his former side a penalty.
On his part, Azpilicueta, who spoke after the match said he was perturbed by the referee’s decision not to review the incident.
Harry Maguire was seen draping his arms around Azpilicueta’s shoulders and neck. Photo by Michael Regan.
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He told Sky Sports:
“The referee can make the decision, the VAR is there [to help]. In any situation, the referee takes the main decisions and the monitor is there for him to help.”
Despite the match ending in a goalless draw, United fluffed a couple of chances, with Chelsea having Édouard Mendy to thank for saving Marcus Rashford’s potential match winner late on.
The result means the Red Devils remain 15th on the charts with seven points, two off the west London side who occupy sixth place.
Meanwhile, Bioreports had earlier reported that Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has slammed Harry Maguire for his challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta during Man United’s draw at Old Trafford.
Maguire appeared to have escaped punishment after he appeared to headlock Azpilicueta midway the heavyweight clash.
After a largely cagey opening half, the encounter sprang to life moments before the break as Édouard Mendy almost put the ball through his own net with a stray pass but made up for his nearly costly mistake with important saves.
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