Steve Parish, the chairman of Crystal Palace, was angry that Chelsea midfielder Jorginho made too many fouls during their Premier League match on October 1. Conor Gallagher scored a world-class goal in the 90th minute to give the Blues a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park.
Odsonne Edouard gave Palace the lead in the seventh minute. In the 38th minute, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tied the game for the Blues. But Thiago Silva set up the goal, which made it controversial. People were talking about whether or not the Brazilian defender should have been sent off earlier in the game. The 38-year-old intentionally touched the ball to stop Jordan Away from scoring, but he only got a yellow card. Parish sent out a tweet about the situation:
“Honestly what is the point of #var we chop and change every week what it does and what it thinks. #Var must surely think that’s a red but not a ‘clear’ error! Even if it’s not a #dogso which it is He handballs it twice deliberately, one we play on so two yellows! #cpfc #epl.”
Parish didn’t like what Jorginho did during the game, and he said so on Twitter:
“you can’t be serious – Jorginho broke the world record of the number of fouls committed before getting a yellow.”
The win was Chelsea’s first under new manager Graham Potter. It came in his first game in charge of the Blues in the Premier League. The team from west London moved up to fifth place in the table. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, is at the bottom of the table right now, with only six points from seven games.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter on Thiago Silva handball incident
Thiago Silva’s handball changed the game between Crystal Palace and Chelsea in a big way. When talking to the press after his team’s win, Blues manager Graham Potter also said (h/t football. London):
“On a personal level, it’s nice to get the first win under the belt. Pleased for the players because the pattern has been starting well away from home and then conceding and not getting points. So they kept going and it could’ve gone either way.”
“For the Thiago incident, it was a 50-50 one that we’ve come out on the right side of. The fact he’s away from the goal has probably helped us, but I understand why Patrick would be frustrated.”
Chelsea will next host AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League on October 5.