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John Terry's verdict on controversial Mateo Kovacic red card in FA Cup Final

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John Terry has claimed that Mateo Kovacic should've stayed on the pitch in the FA Cup Final after questioning his second yellow.

The Croatian was dismissed after 73 minutes by Anthony Taylor with the Blues 2-1 down to Arsenal.

His tackle on Granit Xhaka was his final act before trudging off the field but Terry has called out the decision and an earlier incident involving Andreas Christensen.

He said on his Instagram story: "Never a second yellow, and surely that was a foul on Christensen on the build-up to the goal?"

It summed up Chelsea's disappointing afternoon despite Christian Pulisic's opening goal offering so much hope.

Mateo Kovavic was dismissed in the second half (Image: Getty Images) Read More Related Articles

But two Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strikes - one in either half - ensured the Gunners won a fourth FA Cup in six years.

Frank Lampard had led the west Londoners into the Champions League six days earlier with a final day win over Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

The player turned manager's remit was to ensure a top four finish, which in itself was a tough ask given their transfer ban and Eden Hazard's departure.

But a trophy to go alongside their fourth place finish would've been the icing on the cake.

Frank Lampard was unable to deliver the FA Cup (Image: Pool via REUTERS)

Nevertheless, Lampard claimed his Chelsea side only had themselves to blame for letting their lead slip.

"We got complacent, took time on the ball like it was a stroll," he said.

"We didn't play well enough to win a final. A lot of today is on us."

"We started well for 10-15 minutes and we can only blame ourselves from that point. A final can never be a stroll and we allowed them back into the game.

"We were slow, we played back on ourselves, invited pressure."




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