‘It’s theatrical’ — Gary Neville’s reaction to Thiago Silva’s fall from Harry Kane push

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It was a beautiful win for Chelsea, as Chelsea defeated Tottenham 2-0 in a Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

Two early second half goals from Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva sealed the three points for Chelsea, but there was a contentious decision in the first half that could have changed the context of the game.

Kane had put the ball in the net, but his goal was called off, due to a push on Chelsea defender Thiago Silva.

There have been many views on the incident, with some believing that the goal should have been ruled out.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville, who was on commentary duty in that game, had said on air that it wasn’t a foul, but rather a theatrical fall from the Chelsea defender.

Ex-Manchester United player Gary Neville said of the incident: “It’s not a foul. It’s not a foul. It’s theatrical, it’s clever.”

Meanwhile, another Manchester United legend Roy Keane, sided with VAR for cancelling the goal.

“At the time I thought it was a good goal but he [Kane] does just lean into him and I think the referee has got it 100 per cent right,” Keane said at half-time.

Asked if there was enough contact from Kane on Silva to warrant the Chelsea defender going down, he added: “I think when you are running at that pace, there is.

“When you are 36, 37 you are going to go down.

“When you are at that pace, a little touch is all you need.”

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