Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Why Jackson and Mac Allister Received Yellow Cards

Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Why Jackson and Mac Allister Received Yellow Cards

Elijah Odetokun
updated at August 14, 2023 at 7:29 AM
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  • Chelsea and Liverpool played out a draw in an intense battle at Stamford Bridge
  • Both teams are locked in a transfer battle over Brighton midfielder, Moises Caicedo
  • The new set of Premier League rules came into effect today, and some confused fans

The Premier League have handed more power to match officials, and it was on full display today in the game between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The two teams came into the game to secure bragging rights as they are both locked in a transfer battle over the custody of Ecuadorian midfielder, Moises Caicedo.

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Anthony Taylor explaining why he booked Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson after he was fouled. Photo by Jacques Feeney.
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As reported by Bleacher Report, the teams continued their trend of playing out draws as they settled for a tie for the seventh consecutive game, even though the Reds have won two finals on penalties.

Colombian winger, Luis Diaz put the visitors ahead with a close-range finish before debuting defender, Axel Disasi grabbed the equaliser after a scuffle in the box resulting from a corner.

Jackson, Mac Allister booked

Anthony Taylor issued six yellow cards in the game - three each for both teams, but it was the ones to Nicolas Jackson and Alexis Mac Allister that raised eyebrows.

Both players were fouled, and a freekick was given, but they ended up having their names in the book after they raised their hands at the referee, indicating that their foulers should be booked.

Sun Sport reported that as part of a rule change this season, telling an official what to do will attract a booking. Trent Alexander-Arnold was also booked for time-wasting over a throw-in.

The Blues were on the fair side of Taylor's officiating today after the referee waved away two penalties after Jackson and Ian Maatsen were adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. The Dutch defender was saved by an offside call.

New Premier League rules

Sports Brief previously highlighted six new Premier League rules for the 2023/24 season, and one of them came into play with Alexander-Arnold today, with more attention on time-wasting by the officials, especially for goalkeepers.

Mikel Arteta's antics on the timeline last said were said to have influenced the new rule that managers will get frequently booked if they get too dramatic with the fourth official.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.