Marco Silva slammed a lack of refereeing consistency after Fulham were well beaten by Newcastle United at Craven Cottage this afternoon following Nathaniel Chalobah’s red card for a wild challenge on Sean Longstaff.

The England international was dismissed following a VAR review of his tackle and Silva bemoaned the inconsistency of the televised reviews during his post match press conference. The Fulham head coach said:

“We had a game until the sixth or eighth minute after that it was a completely different game. It was a harsh tackle from Nathaniel in that moment. The referee was clear, for him [it was] a yellow card, he told me

“Of course after the decision from Mike Dean, it changed everything completely. So long time to take one decision like that and to advise the referee [to change his mind] for me is strange. Of course it was a harsh tackle but I’m 100 percent sure I haven’t seen consistency in these types of situations. I’m 100 percent sure that in the next few weeks we will see more tackles like that one and they’ll be a yellow card. That is tough for us to understand.

Where is the consistency in these types of decisions? It makes things easier for Newcastle definitely, even so, I think our first half after the red card was not at the level it should be. It was a strange afternoon for all the situations, the red card, the decisions from Mike Dean as well that I know will not be the same in the future.”