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Marco Silva risks FA suspension after criticising referee over Raul Jimenez’s red card at Newcastle

Marco Silva risks an FA suspension after criticising the referee over Raul Jimenez’s red card in Fulham’s defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.

The Fulham boss hit out at referee Samuel Barrott – who had been officiating his eighth Premier League game – saying that he was ‘unable to handle the pressure’ after sending Jimenez off in the 22nd minute.

All three goals came after the decision to give marching orders, but according to Silva, Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles should’ve been punished for an elbow on Jimenez prior to the striker being sent off.

Silva said: ‘Disappointing afternoon. It was probably the quiet game Newcastle needed after the midweek Champions League game. It wasn’t our fault, the quiet game in the end.

‘Before the red card it was a clear elbow from [Jamaal] Lascelles. He knew Raul was there. The elbow out. Until the 21st minute [in] all the moments, the referee didn’t give us one foul. For Newcastle, it was a free-kick every time.’

Silva suggested that Barrott was unable to cope to handle the pressure of the home supporters at St James’ Park.

He said: ‘These types of games, the referee has to have the ability to handle the pressure because always with the home crowd.

‘The Premier League should decide [upon] a referee with the experience and ability to handle pressure.

‘This is the best example of a referee who doesn’t have the experience to handle the pressure. Any doubt, any foul, he didn’t give one. Even the elbow in the face of Raul.’

Jimenez had already received a yellow card after catching Sean Longstaff, only to then be sent off following a VAR check.

Silva suggested that a booking would have been the correct punishment.

He said: ‘He lost the momentum to go in but it’s not something serious. He jumped into the player but you don’t see something serious, something wrong with the other player. A yellow is right. VAR is trying to find all these moments to give. To justify their job? I don’t know.’

“It is a disappointing afternoon, probably the quiet game Newcastle needed after a midweek Champions League game,” Silva told BBC Radio 5 Live. “It wasn’t our fault.

“All the moments, the referee didn’t give one foul for Fulham Football Club. All the challenges for Newcastle every time they fall it was a free-kick or whatever. I understand – congratulations for Newcastle – these type of grounds, these type of games and situations, you need to have referees who have the ability to handle the pressure. They go always with the home crowd and the pressure.

“This is the Premier League. Premier League should have referees who have the ability to handle the pressure and this afternoon is an example of a referee who does not have the ability and experience to handle the pressure with 50,000 people around. That is clear for me. Every ball, any doubt for us, he didn’t give one. Even the elbow in the first half on Raul. For me, yellow card is a good decision and come again the VAR.

“Now VAR is always looking for moments to give, I don’t know if they are trying to justify their job. I don’t know what they are trying to do but people with knowledge about the game can see in that moment – he lost the moment to get the ball – clear Raul – and should do it in a different way.

“Overall the performance from the referee, with yellow cards, it was strange really the afternoon from the referee.”

The game itself saw Fabian Schar and Joelinton pick up first-half injuries, before Lewis Miley scores early in second half and then Miguel Almiron and Dan Burn added themselves to the scoresheet.

Player ratings (as per Sky Sports)

Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Livramento (7), Lascelles (7), Schar (n/a), Burn (8), Guimaraes (8), Longstaff (7), Joelinton (6), Almiron (8), Gordon (8), Wilson (7).

Subs: Krafth (7), Miley (8), Ritchie (n/a), Hall (n/a), Botman (n/a)

Fulham: Leno (6), Adarabioyo (5), Jimenez (3), Wilson (6), Cairney (6), Pereira (5), Castagne (5), Iwobi (6), Palhinha (5), Diop (5), Robinson (5).

Subs: Muniz (6), Tete (6), Reed (6), Lukic (6), Decordova-Reid (5)

Player of the Match: Lewis Miley

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe to BBC Sport: “Very pleased especially after midweek. It was a tough challenge mentally to recover from exiting Europe. What a great response. We lost two big players to injury. Everything was thrown at us.”

On Schar and Joelinton injuries: “It’s difficult to tell. They don’t look too bad. But they had to come off so it doesn’t look good for the short term.”

On the red card: “I don’t want to dodge an opinion but I’ve only seen it live, I haven’t seen replays so no idea. VAR looked at it. I’d need to assess it myself before giving an opinion.”

On Lewis Miley: “He’s come into the team and been magnificent. He’s deserved to keep his place. We wanted to rest him today, someone so young, and today he got his rewards. His overall performance level has been so high.”Players were fatigued today. You could see we were trying to manage our load. I’m so pleased with the players.”The emotional load is just as important as the physical load. We have a couple of big players coming back who can make a big difference for us.”

This is how fans reacted as Marco Silva risks an FA suspension after criticising the referee over Raul Jimenez’s red card at Newcastle…

@Bigkev1346: Eyes on the ball was no way intentional.

@PaulE2Spurs: Eyes on the ball doesn’t mean anything, he swung his elbow at him. That a red card offence.

@_TedCooper:
There’s nothing wrong with Saudi state owned club Newcastle being officiated by referees funded by the Saudi state*
*According to the FA

@DCopey98: Why is the first port of call for a manager after losing to blame the referee for it? It has quickly become an embarrassing and toxic behaviour and needs to stop

@AfcWWRL: Amazed at that red, n how the ref was sent to the screen for it, yet elbows to the head v Arsenal at the same ground and last week v Villa didn’t warrant a check of the screen.

@edadamson1: Suck on a lemon marco lad

@DavidJG00615083: Referee’s are becoming such a crutch for managers to lean on when they fail, red card was obviously correctly called, all goals were correctly called, Fulham didn’t have anything taken away. Elbow to the face should have been called a fou but thats about it

@mountyRC: What will the FA do? That is a direct attack on a ref and his performance, but because it’s not Arteta I’m sure it will be ok

@stardorman: He’ll get a ban for this, but this is where we are with this authoritarian organisation @FA_PGMOL

@AndySlaughter: Genuinely think the ref was first class yesterday

@liverpoolfcsyd: He does have a point!!

@AtzmonGal: He is 100% per cent correct. Newcastle away is always a nightmare when it comes to refereeing

@koomzynufc: Managers who want to deflect attention from their own failings will always look to blame the ref first. It was a red card.

@DillonGascoigne: Lascelles was a foul on Jiminez, yes. But he can’t have any complaints about the attempted kung fu kick on Longstaff. But I suppose with his behaviour at Old Trafford last season and condoning the abuse towards Chris Kavanagh, what more do you expect?

@iangregory70: Coming an easy cop out for managers to blame the ref and VAR. He’s lost his head and almost took Longstaff’s head off in the process so not sure why he’s blaming officials.

@chrisgreva: Is this bloke for real? A body check to the head isn’t really serious? These managers love a deflection from truth!! #FFC #NUFC

@foleyWWFC: Weren’t saying that a few weeks ago. Ain’t karma a bitcb

@Shaun_Greenup: Good example of a manager needing to know the difference between a poor performance and decisions not going your way. Both decisions correct btw.

@RyanIcardi99: Strange and poor from your team rather. You were basically shite even before the sending off (which was a clear red). It was indeed poor from the ref that he needed the help of VAR for that straightforward decision.

@Brandon_WF1: He’s questioning the integrity of the referee. Should be banned

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