During Saturday’s lunchtime match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace, Thiago Silva was scrutinized by the VAR.
For Graham Potter’s first Premier League game in charge, the Blues traveled to Selhurst Park, a notoriously difficult away venue, and it’s fair to say that things weren’t exactly going their way in South London.
Even if Patrick Vieira’s Eagles weren’t as great this season as most people tend to assume, they still showed off their strength in the first half.
Odsonne Edouard’s goal in the seventh minute silenced his naysayers and convinced Chelsea that they would need to put in a lot of effort if they wanted to return to Stamford Bridge with any points.
Palace versus Thiago Silver’s handball
At one point, their work appeared to be nearly impossible since the palace supporters and the many spectators at home believed that Thiago Silva ought to have been sent out.
Jordan Ayew was prevented from advancing toward goal by the illustrious Brazilian center-back with what turned out to be an extraordinarily cynical, clear, and intentional handball.
Naturally, the perception was that Silva had unfairly impeded what could have been a crucial goal-scoring opportunity for the home team.
Palace’s president lashes out on Twitter.
Although VAR entered the discussion by closely examining Silva’s action, it was decided that a yellow card, rather than a red, should be given to him.
But try explaining that to the tens of thousands of angry spectators who have already vented on social media, including Palace Chairman Steve Parish, who said on Twitter: “Honestly what is the point of #var we chop and change every week what it does what it thanks. That must be a red but not a “obvious” fault in #Var’s eyes! Even though he intentionally handballs it twice—one of which we play on—it is a #dogso, earning him two yellows! cpfc and epl,”
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