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.

By Danny Hall
Sunday, 7th February 2021, 7:36 pm
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.

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.”