Arsenal fans were left in utter disbelief after Jorginho escaped what seemed to be a second yellow card in the clash between the Gunners and Chelsea yesterday.
With Matteo Guendouzi having won the ball off the Italy international, the former Napoli man pulled the Frenchman back as he looked to stop a counter-attack (via BBC).
Pawson’s decision to not give the 27-year-old a second yellow saw angry reactions from the fans and players as Alexandre Lacazette was booked for his protests.
The Blues benefitted from the lack of a second yellow for the Brazil-born ace as he went on to score the equaliser following a cross from Mason Mount.
Jorginho had only come on in the 34th minute as an early substitute for defender Emerson Palmieri in a tactical change by Frank Lampard.
Fans were left in disbelief that he was not sent off as they took to Twitter to vent their frustration following the club’s fourth consecutive home defeat.
Here is a selection of tweets from the north London faithful:
I never moan about referees but Craig Pawson has bottled a clear second yellow on Jorginho and it’s cost us two points. Shocking officiating.
— Mark White (@markwhlte) December 29, 2019
Craig Pawson is one of the best Chelsea players of the decade. pic.twitter.com/CbJ0uJGnwv
— WALIREZA 🇮🇷 ARTETASZN 🇪🇸 (@Walireza_afc) December 29, 2019
Chelsea’s Man of the Match: Craig Pawson, today’s center referee.
— WelBeast (@WelBeast) December 29, 2019
Pawson completely lost control of this. Appalling officiating. Jorginho and Rudiger should be off for 2nd yellows identical to challenges Arsenal players were booked for
— Matthew Wade (@lomekian) December 29, 2019
Ref MOTM for Chelsea after Willian. Jorginho would’ve been off in 99 games out of 100
— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) December 29, 2019
Jorginho should have been sent off, it was the easiest decision of the game for the referee. He booked Torreira just moments before for similar. He should be disciplined for being inconsistent for absolutely no reason only favouritism
— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) December 29, 2019
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