Roy Keane actually sympathetic over Fulham ‘madness’ as he defends Marco Silva
Roy Keane bizarrely took Marco Silva’s side despite his role in Fulham’s collapse against Manchester United which saw him sent off.
Silva’s side were 20 minutes away from reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal just after half-time. But their dreams came to a crashing halt when Willian handballed Jadon Sancho’s shot on the goal-line.
Referee Chris Kavanagh was sent to the VAR screen to check the replay. But with the writing already on the wall, Fulham boss Silva launched a verbal tirade at the official which got himself sent off.
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The situation spiralled out of control as Mitrovic also lost his head, shoving Kavanagh for awarding a penalty before being given his marching orders.
Fulham went on to lose 3-1, with viewers shocked at the side's self-inflicted collapse. And while many pointed the finger at Silva, ITV pundit Keane unusually defended his moment of madness.
Keane said: “He probably knew there was a sending off coming. Listen I’ve been a manager, there’s great expectation going to Old Trafford and he sees it fall apart in front of his eyes."
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Fellow pundit Ian Wright was having none of it as he objected: “That’s a penalty. I don’t know what he’s upset about in that instance so I can’t understand why he’s so angry with the official.”
Keane responded with: “The frustration was probably that he was thinking he should be 2-0 up.”
Silva refused to talk about his own sending off in the post-match interview but couldn’t hold back his frustrations towards Kavanagh.
The Portuguese manager said: "Let's talk about all the game and not just one moment. Until the penalty moment and the red cards we were clearly the best team on the pitch.
“For me it was a decision the VAR can take. What is difficult to understand is why the two moments in the box in the first half, one of them is a clear penalty and nobody checks, nobody sees."
On whether it was a missed chance for Fulham, he added: "Yes, definitely. On the pitch we were the best team until that moment. It's difficult for us to understand. Chris [Kavanagh] 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, it's difficult to understand. Of course we respect that he's a top referee in this country, I accept that, but unfortunately for us with him it's been really unhappy this season."
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