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Fulham boss Marco Silva says new Premier League rules ‘protect big clubs’

Fulham manager Marco Silva claims new Premier League rules protect big clubs after a draw against Arsenal on Saturday.

10-men Fulham earned one point after a 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. New signing Calvin Bassey received one yellow card for timewasting and was sent off for a foul on Eddie Nketiah. He will miss Fulham’s Carabao Cup tie at home against Spurs on August 29. Fulham also finished the match with 10-men against Brentford after Tim Ream was sent off.

After the match, Marco Silva questioned the referee’s decision for the first yellow card and claimed new Premier League rules protect big clubs.

Silva said: 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.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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