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Fulham boss Marco Silva unhappy with VAR decisions

last updated Saturday 16th December 2023, 10:52 PM


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Frustration was the overriding emotion for Marco Silva after Fulham were defeated 3-0 at St James’ Park.

The Whites were up against it from the 22nd minute, when VAR recommended to Samuel Barrott that he review his initial decision to book Raúl Jiménez, with the referee then changing his mind to a red card.

What irked Silva more than that, though, was that the Fulham striker was victim of an unpunished elbow from Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles moments earlier.

“Firstly, I congratulate Newcastle, they won the game,” he said. “They needed a quiet game, a calm game this afternoon after their Champions League midweek game, and they had it.

“Clearly it wasn't our fault for them to have such a quiet game, because we gave our best, we did everything on the pitch. In my opinion, a really strange and poor performance from the referee from the first minute until the last minute of the match.

“I'm not talking just about the red card, but all the sequences from the game, the way he managed the game. He gave the first foul for Fulham with 21 minutes in the game. Really strange.

“All the challenges, all the moments that, until the red card, when they were for Fulham we keep going, and the opposite side everything was a foul. Really strange, even before the red card, Lascelles clearly elbowed Raúl.

“A clear elbow on Raúl – not even a foul. I'm not saying that should be a red card or not, but VAR didn't stop the game even to check. That is strange, but it is a clear foul on Raúl with an elbow from Lascelles. Even that moment wasn't a foul in the opinion of the referee.

“Two minutes after that moment, Raúl has to be much more calm, probably shouldn’t go challenging in that way because, in my opinion, he lost the moment to challenge for that ball.

“The ball was not there to challenge. The way he jumped into the player – it's not a serious tackle, it’s not something really serious like a red card.

“I think the [yellow card] decision from the referee probably was the most assertive one. But, again, the VAR wanted to decide something different. But two minutes before, the same VAR didn’t check anything with the elbow. Everything was strange in terms of the decisions.

“For the team to come here to St James’ Park, to handle the pressure, to play and to face Newcastle – they are a good side, their results at home speaks for themselves.

“You have to be brave enough, you have to have the experience, you have to have the quality. Before the match we really felt that was a moment for us to come and to match them and to face them.”





















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