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Chelsea fans were surprised Willian was issued a yellow card in the Community Shield clash against Arsenal at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Replays have shown that the Brazilian didn’t dive as the knee of Hector Bellerin caused Willian to trip his leg and fall to the ground.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has called the decision a wrong one and also slammed a top ref who said Willian took a dive.

He wrote in the official Chelsea website: “Willian wasn’t carrying any luck either at Wembley, the coming together in the Arsenal box was emphatically not a dive! There was contact as the defender’s knee clipped Willian’s ankle which flicked on to his other leg to bring him down. Only one camera angle showed it, so it was an incredibly tough call for the officials. I was amazed when one former top-class referee called it a dive. If you are going to suggest cheating, you must look at the incident forensically and the low-behind angle in slow motion showed it clearly. I would have given a penalty for the albeit undeliberate trip.

Nevin then switched focus to Chelsea’s opening league game against Burnley.

He said: “It is better to get the bad luck and the rustiness out of the way now, though, and hopefully on Saturday we will see the team come to the boil just at the right time. It sounds odd, but having played games against Bayern Munich, Arsenal twice and Inter Milan I think we would all agree on one thing: in terms of importance, none of them even come close to the visit of Burnley on Saturday, and hopefully we can start the season by picking up three points.”

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