Fulham manager Marco Silva believes the league’s clampdown on timewasting is protecting the ‘big clubs’ as he branded Calvin Bassey’s sending off a ‘joke’.
Defender Bassey received a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney after being adjudged for taking too long at a goal-kick and he was dismissed for a second caution for blocking Eddie Nketiah in a counter-attack.
Silva said in his post-match interview monitored by our correspondent, “The first yellow card for Calvin is a joke, and of course we understand the new circumstances (rules). They are taking all the emotion from the game because it is going to protect the big clubs because you have to see consistency in the decisions.
“For sure if you play for Fulham, or for other clubs and take 10-15 seconds to take a throw-in or in a goal kick it will be a yellow card, a player will always be under pressure because if you make a foul, it will be a second yellow card.
“For the other clubs it is not the same. If you see one of the first throw-ins for (Thomas) Partey, he took much more time than Calvin at the goal-kick. It was not a yellow card. Why? Because they were losing the game? It is always going to be not the big clubs who suffer more.
“No one listens to us, we knew this was going to happen.”
Joao Palhinha secured a point for 10-man Fulham in an entertaining Premier League draw at Arsenal. Palhinha’s first-time finish from a corner in the 87th minute earned the away side a share of the spoils. The Cottagers had Calvin Bassey sent off four minutes earlier after he fouled Eddie Nketiah on the counter-attack. Andreas Pereira got Fulham off to a flying start, scoring after just 57 seconds.
Pereira latched onto a loose ball from Bukayo Saka and fired in a curling shot, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale out of position. Saka equalised from the penalty spot for the Gunners after Fabio Vieira was caught by Kenny Tete. Nketiah scored Arsenal’s second as they came from behind to take the lead, before Fulham had the final word.
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