Kim Little: Lucy Bronze criticises officials as Arsenal's Scotland midfielder fractures leg

Kim Little (right)
Kim Little opened the scoring from the penalty spot as Arsenal beat title holders Chelsea 5-0

England defender Lucy Bronze has said players are "repeatedly let down by the standard of officiating" after Arsenal and Scotland's Kim Little suffered a fractured fibula at Chelsea on Sunday.

In-form midfielder Little will be out for up to 10 weeks after a challenge from the Blues' Drew Spence.

Spence received a yellow card for the tackle during Arsenal's 5-0 win.

"Real shame for Kim, Arsenal and the league. Fans come to watch players like her play," Bronze posted on Twitter.

"But REPEATEDLY let down by the standard of officiating (not all officiating, may I add). But there's a real underlying problem somewhere. My yearly rant."

Lyon right-back Bronze, who was nominated for the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or earlier in October, was replying to a social media post that shared footage of the tackle.

Earlier in October, Lionesses boss Phil Neville said he was concerned by the standard of refereeing in the women's game, following England's controversial draw with Australia.

Little had enjoyed a fine season so far, playing a key role in Arsenal's 100% start in the WSL and helping Scotland qualify for 2019's Women's World Cup.

A statement on Arsenal's website said the injury was caused by a "heavy tackle".