Referee Bobby Madley booked Willian for simulation after the Brazilian fell in the Arsenal box during Chelsea’s Community Shield loss to Arsenal on Sunday but former Premier League referee Graham Poll insists Willian shouldn’t have been booked.
Pedro was sent off for a tackle on Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny with Chelsea leading 1-0 and Poll believes Pedro’s red card was a justifiable decision.
“The Community Shield is always seen by referees as a chance to set the scene for the season,” Graham wrote in Daily Mail.
“For me the red card for Pedro was a strong but justifiable decision, while Bobby Madley’s yellow card for Willian was wrong.
“The big decision was, of course, the dismissal of Pedro.
“The punishment for his late, studs-led challenge down the back of Mohamed Elneny’s achilles was surprising given that last season such tackles usually resulted in a yellow card.
“However it was from behind, meaning the Arsenal man’s safety could have been endangered.
“The caution for Willian, for simulation, was a fascinating one. At first it looked like a dive but replays showed that an accidental contact meant Willian was off balance and clipped himself, causing his fall. It wasn’t a penalty or a dive.”