Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says the video assistant referee (VAR) system let his team down after Willian’s penalty appeal was rejected during the FA Cup win over Norwich.

The system was being trialled for the FA Cup third-round replay.

Conte felt referee Graham Scott should have been told by the video official to watch a replay of Timm Klose’s tackle on Willian, who was booked for diving.

“If you watch the replay you see very clearly it is a penalty,” Conte said.

Video referees have the choice of telling the match official he has made a clear and obvious error, which in this instance Mike Jones, in a studio in London, did not feel was the case.

Had he ruled differently, Scott could have overturned the decision based on his word – or watched it on a screen himself.

Chelsea forwards Pedro and Alvaro Morata were sent off during extra time – before the Blues won on penalties – with both players being shown a first yellow card for diving.

But Willian’s booking was the most controversial moment.

Conte told BBC Sport: “I think that there was a penalty – but not on Morata, on Willian.

“With Willian, the referee heard what the other referee watched and decided to continue to play. If we want to try to use this new system, it is important for the referee to wait, especially in this incident that is not so clear.

“And then when the referee that is watching had a doubt, he has to call the referee to watch and he can make a decision. The referee on the pitch has to make the decision, not one off the pitch.

“We can improve it for sure but we need to try to take the best solution. The final decision is for the ref on the pitch. Otherwise, why is there this ref?

“The mistake wasn’t of the ref on the pitch but the person watching. When you see this, you have to call the referee.

“And if you don’t want to make a decision and you have a doubt, you need to call to the ref to watch the footage and make the decision.”

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