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Marco Silva bemoans lack of VAR ‘consistency’ after Nathaniel Chalobah’s early red card

Marco Silva bemoans lack of VAR ‘consistency’ after Nathaniel Chalobah’s early red card that led to Newcastle running riot on a difficult afternoon for Fulham at Craven Cottage

  • Nathaniel Chalobah was sent off early on after VAR intervened in decision 
  • Marco Silva bemoaned the consistency of VAR after difficult afternoon at home
  • Newcastle ran rampant following the decision to send Fulham down to 10 men 

Marco Silva blasted VAR’s ‘lack of consistency’ after Nathaniel Chalobah saw red for a reckless tackle on Sean Longstaff.

Chalobah was initially shown a yellow card by referee Darren England after he had lunged into a studs up tackle on the Newcastle midfielder. But VAR official Mike Dean advised England to check the monitor and the official eventually decided to brandish a red card.

Newcastle took the lead three minutes after Chalobah was sent off before going on to win 4-1.

Marco Silva bemoaned VAR consistency after an overturned yellow card saw Nathaniel Chalobah sent off early on

‘We had a game until the sixth or eighth minute after that it was a completely different game,’ Silva said.

‘It was a harsh tackle from Nathaniel in that moment. The referee was clear, for him [it was] a yellow card, he told me.

‘Of course after the decision from Mike Dean, it changed everything completely. So long time to take one decision like that and to advise the referee [to change his mind] for me is strange.

‘Of course it was a harsh tackle but I’m 100 percent sure I haven’t seen consistency in these types of situations. I’m 100 percent sure that in the next few weeks we will see more tackles like that one and they’ll be a yellow card. That is tough for us to understand.

The Fulham players seemed bemused at the decision of Darren England to overturn his initial call

The Fulham players seemed bemused at the decision of Darren England to overturn his initial call

‘Where is the consistency in these types of decisions? It makes things easier for Newcastle definitely, even so, I think our first half after the red card was not at the level it should be.

‘[We were] too sloppy, we knew that with 10 players they would push us back. It is normal, it is difficult to press really high in that type of moments. When we are playing in our own half we should be much more aggressive. It was a strange afternoon for all the situations, the red card, the decisions from Mike Dean as well that I know will not be the same in the future.

‘I can accept the red card if the next 10 weeks, 20 weeks, I would see the same and I’m sure that will not be the same, this is the situation. In five weeks we will be speaking together again and there will be four or five tackles the same that will not be a red card.’

England was advised to go and check the monitor by VAR official Mike Dean early on in the game

England was advised to go and check the monitor by VAR official Mike Dean early on in the game 

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