FOOTBALL: Thiago Silva avoids a red card by hitting the ball with hand just before Chelsea’s goal against Crystal Palace

Football fans were left bewildered when Thiago Silva was not sent off for intentional handling against Crystal Palace

Foot­ball fans were left bewil­dered when Thi­a­go Sil­va was not sent off for inten­tion­al han­dling against Crys­tal Palace.

A Chelsea defend­er inten­tion­al­ly pulled the ball away from Jor­dan Ayew by stick­ing his arm out while Palace were attacking.

The inci­dent hap­pened when Sil­va, 38, faced Ayew’s chal­lenge and was slammed to the ground.

He thought he deserved a free-kick, but when the whis­tle did­n’t go off, he pushed the ball away from Ayew’s feet with his hands.

The crowd expect­ed a red card as Sil­va appeared to be in posi­tion to score.

But to Sel­hurst Park’s dis­may, ref­er­ee Chris Kavanagh only gave Sil­va a yellow.

VAR reviewed the inci­dent to see if Sil­va missed a goal oppor­tu­ni­ty, but stuck with Cabana’s on-the-field judgment.

Fans could­n’t believe that Sil­va had­n’t been rep­ri­mand­ed, with one fan writ­ing on social media: “Clear red card for Thi­a­go Silva.”

He also added: “How was Thi­a­go Sil­va? That was a clear red and we’re check­ing VAR as well.”

A third added, “That’s 10000% a red for Thi­a­go Silva.”

And a fourth wrote, “Why did­n’t VAR give Thi­a­go Sil­va a red after see­ing that play?”

Crys­tal Palace Chair­man Steve Par­rish tweet­ed: “Hon­est­ly what’s the point of #Var?”, “We change what he does and thinks every week” .

I’m sure “#va” thinks it’s red but not a ‘clear’ mis­take! I did it twice on pur­pose, and I’m play­ing once, so it’s two yellows! ”.

To make mat­ters worse, Sil­va assist­ed Pierre-Emer­ick Aubameyang’s equalizer.

The vet­er­an defend­er head­ed the ball and the strik­er beat Vin­cente Guaita.

Before that, Odsonne Edouard scored to put the home side ahead, but Gra­ham Pot­ter’s regime con­tin­ued to get off to a shaky start.

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