Saturday 18 November 2017

Villas-Boas bemoans penalty 'change'

Jack Pitt Brooke

The rules regarding penalties have changed, according to Andre Villas- Boas. The Chelsea manager is clearly still incensed by Howard Webb's decision to award Danny Welbeck a spotkick at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, for contact with Branislav Ivanovic that was instigated by the Manchester United forward.

Ahead of today's game at Everton, Villas-Boas jokingly suggested that a new rule had been introduced, allowing attackers to win penalties in this way. "I think there must be a new rule set out," he said. "From two-footed tackles, now we have to set a new rule for a player standing out his leg on purpose against a defender, and clipping the defender on purpose to fall to win a penalty."

This was not just frustration. The Chelsea manager also cited the example of Adam Johnson, who last Saturday won a penalty for Manchester City against Fulham in almost precisely the same way as Welbeck. This, for Villas-Boas, pointed to a change.

"In the same weekend we had two incidents like that: from Adam Johnson and Welbeck," he said. "So that is a new rule for penalties: when the attacker purposefully sticks his foot out to dive for a penalty.

"If this action leads to a penalty, there must be a new rule set out for penalties to be given.

"There was no moral condemnation for those who profited. "I think the player in the end proves his smartness," Villas-Boas said. "Some people are called cheats and divers. Other ones are called smart."

The manager would not promise to condemn any Chelsea players who benefited from this 'change.' "There are soft penalties and there are penalties that shouldn't be given and sometimes you receive them," he said.

Goodison Park, where Chelsea play today, is where Carlo Ancelotti was sacked last season.

Frank Lampard is fit, while Ashley Cole is back from a ban. (© Independent News Service)

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