Why Sheffield United were cruelly denied an early opening goal against Chelsea

Chelsea had a big let-off in the opening stages of tonight’s game with Sheffield United after the Blades were awarded an early penalty – only for VAR to chalk it off for offside.
Sheffield United's English defender Chris Basham (C) is fouled by Chelsea's English defender Ben Chilwell (R) but the penalty was not given after a VAR review (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)Sheffield United's English defender Chris Basham (C) is fouled by Chelsea's English defender Ben Chilwell (R) but the penalty was not given after a VAR review (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Sheffield United's English defender Chris Basham (C) is fouled by Chelsea's English defender Ben Chilwell (R) but the penalty was not given after a VAR review (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

United thought that they had a chance to make early inroads in the game when Ben Chilwell fouled Chris Basham in the Chelsea area, after a deep cross from Kean Bryan.

Referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot after giving himself a few moments to think about it – but when VAR checked the replays, Basham was in an offside position and the penalty was chalked off.

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Understandably, the incident was a big talking point for Blades fans on Twitter.

@Stevwrig tweeted: “Again, a fantastic ball in by Kean Bryan. Lad can really whip a ball in. Decent start, come on United!”

@SUFCLuca added: “He was quite far off tbf.”