Thiago Silva joked he was on the receiving end of a move ‘not even allowed in the UFC’ from Carlos Vinicius.
The 113-time capped Brazil star lined up for the Blues in Monday night’s west London derby at Fulham which saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side pick up just their second win of the season.
Goals from Mykhailo Mudryk and Armando Broja sealed a 2-0 win and bragging rights for Chelsea while lifting the club four places into 11th on the table.
But the game will also be remembered for the incident when the Chelsea defender appeared to be struck across the back of the head by fellow Brazilian Vinicius.
Silva was in possession and sought to turn as Vinicus closed in but was felled after the Fulham star aimed a bizarre karate chop on him.
After striking the 39-year-old, Vinicius looked frustrated that the game was held up and let out a huge yell of frustration in Silva’s direction.
The bizarre situation left Silva bemused as to why Vinicius escaped any further punishment.
Silva’s frustrations appeared to stem from VAR’s failure to intervene and take a closer look at the incident which on another occasion, could have resulted in a red card.
The veteran was fit to continue at Craven Cottage but was quick to make his feelings known in a post-match social media post saying: “This is not even allowed in the UFC. But it’s cool. »
The incident highlighted another contentious weekend with VAR with tensions highlighted following Liverpool’s disallowed goal against Tottenham on Saturday.
And it appears that Silva is adding this one to the list of decisions that were wrongly given in the heat of the moment.
But the Brazil star will undoubtedly be happy that his side picked up an important three points at a time when the Blues were lurking perilously close to the bottom three.
And Pochettino’s men have the opportunity to make it back-to-back wins when they head to Burnley on Saturday, hoping to nudge their way into the top half of the table ahead of the international break.
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