Dawson insists Ziyech is 'VERY lucky' to see his red card overturned

Hakim Ziyech is ‘VERY lucky’ to see his red card for shoving Emerson Royal in the face overturned by VAR, insists Michael Dawson… but ex-Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink claims Stuart Attwell got the decision RIGHT

  • Hakim Ziyech was sent off for shoving Tottenham defender Emerson Royal 
  • But the decision was overturned by referee Stuart Attwell following a VAR check 
  • Michael Dawson and Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink believe it was the right decision  

Michael Dawson believes Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech was ‘very lucky’ to not be sentoff during the loss to Tottenham as Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink insisted the referee made the right call.

The Morocco international had a red card overturned during a chaotic end to the first half in north London. 

He brought down Richarlison through a cynical foul and the Tottenham forward reacted angrily by pushing Ziyech. 

A melee followed seconds later, with Emerson Royal and Kai Havertz both getting booked by referee Stuart Attwell as a result.

Ziyech appeared to shove Emerson in the face during the chaos, and after having a word with his assistant, Attwell showed the Ziyech a red. A VAR check followed and the red was turned to a yellow instead instead. 

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech was sent off for showing Tottenham’s Emerson Royal 

But the decision was overturned by referee Stuart Attwell after he made a VAR check

Former defender Michael Dawson believes Ziyech was ‘very lucky’ to not be sent off

Former Tottenham defender Dawson told Sky Sports: ‘Very lucky, Atwell looks like he’s got control of it, and I think the end decision is the right one.’

Floyd-Hasselbaink mirrored those views as he insisted Ziyech’s intention was to make contact with Emerson’s shoulder and not his face.

‘Well done to the referee for returning it from red to yellow. I think it’s the right decision’, the former Blues striker said. 

‘I think he has tried to push his shoulder but caught him in the face. He is a little bit lucky though, another referee might not have changed it.’

Ziyech was eventually brought off the pitch by Graham Potter as Mason Mount came on to take his place shortly after the hour mark. 

Tottenham took the lead just a minute into the second-half through Oliver Skipp’s powerful strike before Harry Kane sealed a 2-0 win.  

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