Fulham’s manager, Marco Silva, has expressed his belief that the recent crackdown on timewasting in the league is benefiting the ‘elite clubs’. He strongly criticized the decision to send off Calvin Bassey, referring to it as a ridiculous call.
During the match, Bassey, a defender, was shown a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney for allegedly taking too much time during a goal-kick. Subsequently, he received his second yellow card and was sent off for impeding Eddie Nketiah during a counter-attack.
In a post-match interview that our correspondent monitored, Silva stated, “The initial yellow card given to Calvin is quite laughable. While we do comprehend the updated regulations, they’re draining the excitement out of the game. This approach seems to favor the larger clubs, as what we truly need is consistency in decision-making.”
Silva went on to express concerns about the impact on players. “Whether it’s a throw-in or a goal kick, taking 10-15 seconds will now potentially earn you a yellow card, which puts immense pressure on players. The risk of receiving a second yellow card for even a minor foul adds to this pressure.”
The manager’s comments reflect a broader sentiment among some in the football community, who believe that the strict enforcement of timewasting rules might unintentionally benefit the more established clubs and alter the dynamics of the game