Marco Silva, the manager of Fulham, has blasted VAR for failing to signal a red card for Malo Gusto’s attack on Willian during Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over their neighbours in west London on Saturday.
The Blues bounced back from their midweek, Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg setback to Middlesbrough by seeing off the Cottagers due to Cole Palmer’s spot-kick in first-half injury time after Raheem Sterling had been taken down inside the box.
But there was a moment of contention immediately before that when Gusto grabbed Willian on his ankle with a straight leg, however the VAR, Michael Salisbury, did not send referee Anthony Taylor to the pitchside monitor.
The French full-back’s decision to stay on the field was puzzling to Silva, who criticised VAR for failing to suggest a review and said that fourth official Simon Hooper concurred that the play should have been upgraded to a red.
When asked about his impressions on the game, Silva told TNT Sports, “I think we started to create some problems, aside from the first 15-20 minutes. We had a great chance to open the score, and the goalie made a good save.”
Sadly, the penalty that cost them the opportunity to lead at halftime follows that. Naturally, we must first discuss the red card—which, in Gusto’s opinion, must be a red card.
The Premier League is the Premier League, therefore it’s hard to comprehend why things aren’t constant at the same level as everyone else.
Nine out of ten times like that have probably resulted in a red card. They actually missed a blatant, dangerous tackle that would have put the player in risk in that scenario this afternoon, and it wasn’t a red card.
It’s a blatant red card for me. This time, when VAR checked, they did not give.
Chelsea also had a few opportunities in the second half, but we sought to respond. We also had our opportunities. We battled until the very end, despite the fact that the game was obviously more open and gave them more room to experiment with the attacking players’ skill and pace.
When asked if he had received an explanation for Gusto’s challenge not being called a red, Silva said, “We have spoken with the fourth official.”
He shares my opinion, and while I naturally don’t want to share what he said to me, However, it’s for the VAR, not for him.
“That is an obvious VAR call at that point.” The VAR will make the final decision, regardless of what the fourth official or the other spectators thought after the half.
Naturally, Antony Taylor only called a yellow card at that particular moment. Although the referee made the right choice, I firmly think the VAR ought to provide the assistance.
‘And again, in 10 occasions so far this season this type of tackle would result in a red card nine times. Not this afternoon, though.