HAKIM ZIYECH was appealing for Antonee Robinson’s red card before Cesar Azplicueta hit the deck last night.
Fulham were reduced to ten men just before half-time in Saturday’s West London derby clash with Chelsea.
Hakim Ziyech couldn’t wait to appeal for a card
Robinson received a straight red card after a late challenge on Azpilicueta deep in Chelsea’s half which saw referee Peter Bankes reach for his pocket.
In some amusing stills, replays showed Blues midfielder Hakim Ziyech calling for the referee to brandish a card before the Spaniard had even fallen to the ground.
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The result put Chelsea back to within three points of the Champions League places.
Blues boss Frank Lampard will be hoping the three points can help ease the pressure on his side, and his job, after a run of one win in six Premier League games.
Fulham, meanwhile, lie four points adrift from safety in 18th and are without a win in the league since November.
Fulham had enjoyed their best spell of the match before Robinson’s red card, with Ivan Cavaleiro skying a gilt-edged chance from 12 yards.
Discussing Robinson’s dismissal, Fulham boss Scott Parker said: “I’ve not seen it again, at real time I didn’t.
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“We have got VAR, so obviously if that is the correct decision then that is.
“I want my players and I want my team to play on the line, and I want them to be committed, I want them to be aggressive.
“Now of course, sometimes you do cross that line.
“If Antonee’s done that, he needs to learn and try and keep that balance.
“But it was a big turning point because were getting out down that side and causing them real problems, so it changed the game for us certainly.”
Robinson was given his marching ordersCredit: Tom Jenkins-The Guardian