Fulham boss Silva brands Bassey's sending off against Arsenal a 'joke'

Fulham boss Marco Silva brands Calvin Bassey’s sending off against Arsenal a ‘JOKE’ in criticism of new time-wasting regulations in the Premier League… as he believes rules protect the ‘big clubs’

  • Bassey was sent off for two bookable offences for Fulham against Arsenal
  • The defender was booked in the first half for time wasting at the Emirates 
  • He was later dismissed for a second bookable offence after making a challenge 

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. He was dismissed for a second caution, blocking Eddie Nketiah at a counter-attack.

It follows a drive by the league to enforce new rules on time management this season.

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.

Marco Silva believes the league’s clampdown on timewasting is protecting the ‘big clubs’

Calvin Bassey was booked for time wasting before being sent off for a second yellow later

Silva deemed the sending off to be a ‘joke’ in heavy criticism of new Premier League rules

‘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.’

Fulham ended up clawing the game back to 2-2 after Joao Palhinha’s 87th-minute strike, but Mikel Arteta claimed his Arsenal side played ’10 times better’ against the Cottagers than they did last season despite dropping two points.

It was second-half goals from Bukayo Saka and substitute Eddie Nketiah within three minutes which put the Gunners ahead via Fabio Vieira, who came on after 56 minutes.

Arteta said: ‘If I compare the game that we played against Fulham this season and last season, we were 10 times better. At least 10.

‘We were much better than last season. Last season we won 2-1 in the last minute. Today we drew 2-2.’

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