Chelsea fans believe referee Chris Beath’s decision to award a penalty against Thiago Silva was ‘very harsh’ in the Club World Cup final versus Brazilian side Palmeiras.
After a rather dull first half, a delicious Callum Hudson-Odoi cross was met by a powerful Romelu Lukaku, who headed home his second goal of this season’s Club World Cup.
However, that joy was short-lived as a long-throw from right-wing-back Roche caused havoc in the backline and Silva was adjudged to have handballed his attempted clearance in the 64th minute.
After a VAR consultation which was very quick, the decision was made and Raphael Veiga stepped up when it really mattered for his side to level the proceedings at 1-1 to the dismay of Chelsea fans who couldn’t wrap their heads around the decision.
“Poor really from Thiago Silva, no need to have his arms up like that but a good penalty in the end,” former manager Mark Hughes said in commentary on Channel 4.
Here’s the best of the reaction on social media.
@CFCJamie_Kai tweeted: ‘The ball doesn’t even touch his hand.’
@strawdogs1999 questioned: ‘How is that a penalty?’
@Signsomeplayer1 delivered his three-word verdict: ‘its no pen.’
@Tiaan601956924v similarly put: ‘Never a pen.’
@Jushereinnit1 worries: ‘So undeserved.’
@leebobo1972 pointed out: ‘And we drop our best penalty saver.’
@Quebha simply put: ‘Very harsh.’
After the penalty was converted, @Za3imAbo claimed: ‘Kepa would have saved this.’
Thomas Tuchel will certainly have his view known when it comes around to his post-match press conference, especially if the result now swings the way of Palmeiras.
You can follow full match coverage and highlights of the the FIFA Club World Cup final between Chelsea and Palmeiras here on football.london.