Marco Silva slams officials for missing ‘clear red’ in Chelsea loss | Football


The Portuguese insists Malo Gusto should have been sent off (Pictures: Getty / TNT Sports)

Fulham boss Marco Silva has slammed VAR for not recommending a red card for Malo Gusto’s challenge on Willian in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over their west London neighbours on Saturday.

The Blues bounced back from their midweek, Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg defeat to Middlesbrough by seeing off the Cottagers thanks to Cole Palmer’s spot-kick in first-half injury time after Raheem Sterling had been brought down inside the box.

But there was a moment of controversy shortly before that when Gusto caught Willian on his ankle with a straight leg, though the VAR, Michael Salisbury, did not send referee Anthony Taylor to the pitchside monitor.

Silva was at a loss to explain how the French full-back stayed on the pitch, slamming VAR for not recommending a review, and says fourth official Simon Hooper was in agreement that it should have been upgraded to a red.

Asked for his thoughts on the match, Silva told TNT Sports: ‘Apart from the first 15-20 minutes I think we started to create some problems, very good chance to open the score, good save from the goalkeeper.

‘And unfortunately after that comes the penalty that gave them the chance to be leading at half-time. Before that, of course, we have to talk about the red card that has to be a red card, it’s clear for Gusto.

‘It’s difficult to understand how things aren’t consistent at the level we all are, the Premier League is the Premier League.

Chelsea defender Malo Gusto

Gusto was lucky to stay on the pitch (Picture: Getty)

‘Probably in 10 moments like that, nine so far have been a red card. This afternoon it wasn’t a red card and they really missed a clear, dangerous tackle that put the player in trouble in that situation.

‘For me, it’s a clear red card. VAR checked and this time they did not give.

‘Second half we tried to react, some chances for Chelsea too. We had our chances as well. Of course the game was more open, more space for them to explore the pace and the quality of the attacking players, but even so we fought until the end.’

Asked if he had been given any explanation as to why Gusto’s challenge was not deemed a red, Silva replied: ‘Just from the fourth official, we have spoken.

‘Of course, I don’t want to say what he said to me but he has the same opinion as myself. But it’s not for him, it’s for the VAR.

‘That moment is a clear VAR decision. It doesn’t matter the opinion of the fourth official or the other people that saw the images at half-time, it is a moment for the VAR to decide.

‘Of course, Antony Taylor in that moment decided only a yellow card. It’s a normal decision from the referee, but I really believe the help should come from the VAR.

‘And again, in 10 moments so far this season this type of tackle would result in a red card nine times. This afternoon it wasn’t.’

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