Fulham boss Marco Silva is charged AGAIN following furious post-match comments against Chris Kavanagh after FA Cup loss to Manchester United, having already been charged with showing abusive behaviour towards match officials
- Marco Silva has received another charge over Fulham’s loss to Man United
- The Fulham manager was one of three people to be sent off for Fulham
- His latest charge is for angry comments in an interview about the referee
Fulham boss Marco Silva has received a further charge relating to their FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.
Silva, as well as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Willian, were all sent off during the chaotic 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford earlier this month.
Following the defeat, Silva gave an explosive post-match interview in which he hit out Chris Kavanagh, stating that his side had been ‘unlucky’ with the referee this season and appeared to suggest he didn’t treat both sides equally on the day.
The FA have now charged the Portuguese boss with misconduct for comments that ‘imply bias and/or the question the integrity of the match official, and/or bring the game into disrepute’.
It is in addition to previous charges with showing abusive behaviour towards match officials and for allegedly throwing a water bottle in the direction of the assistant referee in the same match.
Marco Silva has received a further charge following Fulham’s FA Cup exit to Man United
Silva has been charged over post-match comments about referee Chris Kavanagh, after already being charged for allegedly showing abusive behaviour and throwing a water bottle
Fulham had taken the lead through Mitrovic after 50 minutes, but the game unraveled for the Cottagers when Willian was shown a red card for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity with a handball on the line.
Silva was the first to go for confronting Kavanagh as he went to the pitch-side monitor to review the incident.
The visitors then lost their heads completely with Mitrovic sent off for pushing the referee.
Mitrovic is expected to face the heaviest punishment after the FA said the standard t-three game suspension was ‘clearly insufficient’.
Silva though could also face a hefty punishment following his charges by the FA.
The Fulham boss in his post match interview said: ‘It’s difficult for us to understand. Unfortunately for us we have been very unlucky with Chris Kavanagh this season, many moments.
‘Chris was in a game we played away at West Ham where we lost with two clear handballs. We received the apology because of the mistakes. The last game at Leeds in the FA Cup it was him again. And for a game that is the quarter-finals, it’s him again.’
Silva was the first to be sent off before Willian and Aleksandar Mitrovic were both shown red cards
Aleksandar Mitrovic is facing the heaviest punishment after his red card against Man United
Silva was also unhappy that VAR did not intervene when Fulham appealed for an early penalty for Luke Shaw’s challenge on Mitrovic, and suggested that the officials buckled under the pressure.
‘It is the first moments of the game, it is a clear penalty on Mitro,’ he added. ‘Luke Shaw pushed Mitro. The referee is in a position to see, the VAR in their office for sure. No one checks, no sees, no one wants to see it.
‘It cannot be in a quarter-final and both teams have to have the same conditions.
‘There is pressure to play United away at Old Trafford. The referee sometimes feels the pressure because they are here. It is really difficult to accept the things that are happening this season week by week.
‘Until that moment, until the penalty and the red card, we were clearly the best team on the pitch. For 70 minutes we dominated them, matched them clear until that moment.’
Silva admitted straying out his technical area but denied saying anything untoward to Kavanagh to warrant a red card, and also played down suggestions Mitrovic faces a long ban.
Silva said his Fulham side had been ‘unlucky’ when Kavanagh has been referee this season
‘I don’t think so,’ he said. ‘I saw the image and I spoke with Mitro. It is a moment for him to control the emotions. He pushed the referee, but I did not see that in so bad, bad way like you are saying to me. But I hope the people who are going to decide (do so) with fairness.
‘In all the moments, we should control the emotions of the game. Of course, we are human beings but we have to understand the business.
‘If I got the red card for being out of my area, I have to accept it because I didn’t say anything to make him give me the red card – even though he did not listen what I said to him.
‘I should not be sent off. It is a situation where I have to be there in the difficult moment for my players to protect them from the decisions.’