Phil Thompson blasts Chelsea over controversial red card incident

The former Liverpool defender wasn't impressed with their antics in the midweek Champions League game with Paris St Germain.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has criticised Chelsea on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday following the controversial red card incident during their Champions League clash with Paris St Germain.

PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was dismissed during the game in midweek following a challenge with Chelsea midfielder Oscar, but it was the reaction of the Blues players that caused the most controversy.

Several of Chelsea’s players rushed to surround the referee in an effort to influence his decision on the tackle, with pundits Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness labelling the actions of the players as disgraceful after the game, according to Sky Sports.

Now, former defender Thompson has added his voice to those criticising Jose Mourinho’s side.

“When you see this happen, it’s like the Red Arrows, all homing in on the official,” Thompson said on Soccer Saturday.

“They’re forcing the official to make a decision. It was awful, how it all transpired, what they did and it was all led by the captain.”

Oscar an afterthought

The surrounding of the referee was not the biggest issue for Thompson though, who says that the player’s failure to check on their teammate was the biggest issue.

While the majority of the Chelsea players rushed to surround the referee, only midfielder Nemanja Matic was seen to check on Brazilian Oscar, who appeared to be seriously hurt following the tackle, and for Thompson, that is worrying.

“What really worries me is that none of the Chelsea players goes to check Oscar’s wellbeing,” he added.

“Nobody goes to point the finger at Ibrahimovic, they all surround the referee. If they thought Oscar was seriously hurt, they should have went to him first. He was an afterthought.”

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