KAI HAVERTZ avoided a red card in the first half of Chelsea’s clash against Newcastle after he elbowed Dan Burn in the head.
The Germany international and the Magpies centre-back went up for a header in the 38th minute, with the 22-year-old leading in with his elbow.
Chelsea ace Kai Havertz was booked for this elbow on Newcastle defender Dan BurnCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Magpies centre-back Burn was fuming with Havertz following the incidentCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Burn instantly hit the deck after being caught high, with referee David Coote wasting no time in brandishing Havertz a yellow card.
The incident then went to VAR, but it wasn’t judged to be worthy of a red card with it deemed as reckless rather than foul play.
Burn was livid that the Chelsea ace wasn’t sent off as he slapped Havertz on the leg while he was receiving treatment.
He then went to confront Havertz as he pointed his finger at him, but the defender was held back by team-mate Jamaal Lascelles.
Jamie Carragher believes a yellow card was the right outcome as he compared it to Sadio Mane’s elbow on Cesar Azpilicueta in January.
Speaking on Sky Sports commentary, he said: “You look at Havertz’s arm there. It doesn’t look great.
“Yellow card is probably right. It’s similar to the Sadio Mane one against Cesar Azpilicueta.
“It fits into that category of a little more than a yellow and not quite a red.”
But his colleague and former Liverpool team-mate Jamie Redknapp believes Havertz was lucky to stay on the pitch.
Speaking during Sky’s analysis of the first half at Stamford Bridge, he remarked: “I think it’s a very dangerous challenge by Havertz.
“You have to use your arms for elevation [but] his elbow is high and he catches him on the side of his face.
“He could have fractured his cheekbone.”
Speaking after the match, Havertz, who scored the winner against Newcastle with a stunning strike late on, revealed he apologised to Burn over the foul.
He said: “This guy (Burn) is seven or eight foot tall and you need to use your arms to jump.