Aleksandar Mitrovic BARGES ref Chris Kavanagh in a moment of madness
Aleksandar Mitrovic BARGES ref Chris Kavanagh in moment of madness against Manchester United as Fulham are shown THREE red cards in a minute after Willian handball and Marco Silva dissent
- Aleksandar Mitrovic was left furious after Willian was shown a red for handball
- The Serbian striker barged Chris Kavanagh and was immediately sent off too
- Fulham boss Marco Silva also saw red for dissent during the VAR review
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off for barging referee Chris Kavanagh in a moment of madness against Manchester United.
The Cottagers lead 1-0 in the 70th when Jadon Sancho rounded Bernd Leno and looked set to put the hosts level before Willian blocked his effort off the line.
Kavanagh went to the VAR screen to review for a possible handball before sending off Fulham boss Marco Silva for dissent.
Willian was also sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity and Mitrovic reacted angrily as he shouted at the referee before barging him.
The Serbian was shown an immediate red to leave Fulham down to nine men and without their manager on the touchline, having opened the scoring 50 minutes in.
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic barged referee Chris Kavanagh in a moment of madness
The Serbia striker was shown an immediate red by Kavanagh and could face a lengthy ban
Mitrovic was left furious after Willian was shown a red for a handball from Jadon Sancho’s shot
Fulham boss Silva refused to admit his side imploded, saying: No, no I don’t. Of course in that moment I shouldn’t be sent off of course, it is something that if you ask me if it is something that I want to let happen – of course not.
‘I have to be there, it is my place to be there of course. That moment if you ask me if I did something that I’m really happy with I’m of course not.
‘If you ask me that it should be a red card, I have big doubts because I want to know what the referee is going to write what I said to him. Because he cannot and of course he has to write something to make him give me a red card.’
Former United midfielder Roy Keane slammed the west London side for the ‘self destruction’ that cost them the game.
‘Self destruction really there with the incident particularly for the penalty, the reaction from the manager and the players. Obviously it’s an emotional game, we’ve all been there, but it’s just a mad 90 seconds and its cost them the game there,’ Keane said speaking on ITV.
‘And Gabriel [Clarke] makes the point there, it’s not necessarily about United winning it’s about Fulham finding a way to lose, so I’ve no sympathy for Fulham.
‘They can get one or two plaudits, they won’t be getting any from me. They had an opportunity and they blew it.’
Mitrovic could face a lengthy ban in addition to the three games in what is a blow to Fulham’s European hopes.
Fulham boss was also sent off for dissent during the VAR review for Willian’s handball
Roy Keane slammed Fulham for the ‘self destruction’ that cost them the game on Sunday
Bruno Fernandes dispatched the penalty before scoring another in the closing stages
Former West Ham forward Paolo Di Canio was banned for 11 games for pushing a referee in similar fashion in 1998.
Bruno Fernandes converted from the penalty spot to put United level in the 75th minute, having sent Bernd Leno the wrong way.
Marcel Sabitzer put Erik ten Hag’s side ahead two minutes later with a close-range finish from Luke Shaw’s finish.
Fernandes got his second of the game and sealed the win in the six minute of additional to book a semi-final spot.
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