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Graham Potter makes an honest confession over Thiago Silva escaping a red card for a blatant handball



Chelsea manager Graham Potter admitted Thiago Silva could have been sent off in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Blues were a goal down at that point and looked close to being a man down after Silva deliberately struck the ball with his hand as Jordan Ayew looked to have won the possession in a dangerous area.

Referee Chris Kavanagh showed the Brazil international the yellow card for a deliberate handball

However, but had to consult VAR to confirm whether it was a denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity or, in other words, a red card offence.

Fortunately for Silva, he got to stay on the pitch and even assisted Aubameyang for the equaliser just five minutes after.

Potter admits Silva could have been sent off

After the game, Blues boss Potter admitted that Silva was very lucky to escape with a yellow card.

“I thought it was touch and go,” the Chelsea manager said about Silva’s handball (via BBC).

“The fact he was quite far from the goal saved him, and it could’ve gone the other way.

“It’s a close one, I can understand Patrick’s [Vieira] frustration. It’s a 50-50 one.


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