Patrick Vieira left reeling after VAR chose not to send Thiago Silva off in Crystal Palace’s defeat against Chelsea… but frustrated Eagles boss insists there is ‘no point’ discussing the incident with Premier League chiefs
- Crystal Palace felt Thiago Silva should have been sent off for deliberate handball
- Patrick Vieira was left angry with VAR after Silva was only given a yellow card
- Frenchman says there is no point discussing the issue with the Premier League
- Steve Parish, Crystal Palace’s owner, said he was equally bemused by decision
Patrick Vieira believes any explanation or apology from football’s authorities after Chelsea defender Thiago Silva escaped a red card against Crystal Palace would be pointless.
Palace were furious last man Silva was only booked in the first half for a deliberate handball which prevented Jordan Ayew from going towards goal.
Referee Chris Kavanagh’s decision was backed up by VAR Stuart Attwell, who deemed that Ayew was a long way from goal and was heading away from it when he picked up the ball after dispossessing Silva.
Crystal Palace felt Thiago Silva should have been sent off for a deliberate handball
Vieira was booked for his protests during the game and kept his true thoughts to himself after the game to avoid any further punishment.
Asked he would try and speak to the authorities about the incident Crystal Palace’s manager said: ‘It think it is too late. There is no point in making an explanation or apologising for the decision. There is no point.
‘I will not speak to the PL about it. I will concentrate about what is going on the field and the way we want to play the game and the way we win football matches.’
Patrick Vieira felt his side were denied the advantage by VAR not intervening in the correct way
Palace chairman Steve Parish has no concerns about expressing his fury, taking to Twitter and saying: ‘Honestly what is the point of VAR we chop and change every week what it does what it thinks.
‘VAR must surely think that’s a red but not a ‘clear’ error! Even if it’s not a dogso [denial of a goalscoring opportunity] which it is he handballs it twice deliberately, one we play on so two yellows!’
Vieira added: ‘This is something that I will talk to him about.’