Gusto receives clear red card decision following VAR claim post Fulham victory

Chelsea’s Malo Gusto receives clear red card decision following VAR claim post Fulham victory

Fulham boss Marco Silva has admitted he thinks Malo Gusto should’ve been sent off for a strong challenge on Willian in the Premier League clash against Chelsea. The Blues entered the London derby in search of a fourth consecutive league victory at Stamford Bridge with the chance to move up to eighth up for grabs.

Mauricio Pochettino was looking for a response from his players following the Carabao Cup first-leg defeat to Middlesbrough with three points certainly the answer he wanted. The performance from his players, however, was far from convincing and it could have been far worse had Gusto been given his marching orders in the first half.

Just beyond the half-hour mark, the France international found himself far up the pitch and after losing possession attempted to win the ball back with a desperate lunge. However, former Chelsea man Willian, beat him to it with Gusto’s studs colliding with Willian’s shin which saw Anthony Taylor produce a yellow card.

A quick VAR check was conducted but no further punishment was dished out with Palmer scoring the only goal of the game just over 10 minutes later. At the end of the game, Silva offered his thoughts on the incident with it appearing very clear from his perspective that Gusto should have been sent off.

“I think it’s a red card for (Malo) Gusto,” the Fulham boss told TNT Sport. “It’s difficult to understand how things are not consistent at a level we are at. The Premier League is the Premier League and in 10 moments like that, nine so far have been a red card and this afternoon was not. It was a dangerous tackle and the player in trouble in that situation is a clear red card. The VAR checked and didn’t give it.”

At halftime, the challenge was also discussed between Peter Crouch and Joe Cole, with the latter appearing reluctant to pick a side. “For me, I have seen them given,” he admitted on TNT Sport. “I have seen them go to the screen and give a red card. He did the same against Aston Villa earlier on in the season and it can be perceived as reckless. I am glad he didn’t get sent off but he could have done for that.”

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