‘He was very fortunate’ – Patrick Vieira insists choice not ship off Chelsea defender Thiago Silva was ‘flawed’

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira
Silva clawed the ball out of Ayew’s path (Image: Getty)

Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira says Chelsea defender Thiago Silva was ‘very fortunate’ to not be despatched off for his deliberate handball at Selhurst Park.

The incident passed off half-hour into the first-half when the Brazil worldwide slipped beneath stress from Jordan Ayew. In a determined try to forestall the Palace ahead from racing by way of on objective, Silva palmed the ball away out of his path.

The veteran defender was proven a yellow card with VAR ruling that no clear and apparent error had been made.

The Eagles had earlier taken the lead by way of Odsonne Edouard after eight minutes however noticed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rating along with his first Chelsea objective shortly after the incident – with Silva getting the help.

Chelsea boss Potter admitted he may perceive Palace’s frustration after the sport. ‘It’s an in depth one, I can perceive Patrick’s [Vieira] frustration. It’s a 50-50 one,’ he mentioned.

Responding to Potter’s feedback, former Arsenal captain Vieira laughed earlier than admitting the choice was tough to simply accept.

‘I feel he was very fortunate,’ he informed BBC Sport. ‘However it’s the referee’s choice, the VAR choice however it’s obscure it and tough to simply accept it.

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Silva acquired a yellow card for the incident (Image: Getty)

‘Immediately it was towards us and we simply have to maneuver on.’

Vieira added on the end result: ‘We’re pissed off as a result of we deserve at the least a degree at present, however we simply need to take it on the chin and work on it for the subsequent sport.’

In his post-match press convention, Vieira insisted referee Chris Kavanagh ‘received it flawed’ however was reluctant to debate the incident additional.

‘With Thiago, it’s one thing I don’t wish to speak about. It’s tough for me to know it, to simply accept it, so it’s higher generally to be quiet and never speak about it.

‘I imagine the referee received it flawed and if I say what I feel, I might be in bother. So I’d reasonably not speak about.

‘I don’t wish to speak about it as a result of I don’t perceive that call and I don’t wish to speak about it. There’s a referee, there’s a VAR and they’re making choices and we simply transfer on.’



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