Gary Neville claimed Tammy Abraham would have won a penalty early on in Chelsea’s win over Newcastle if he didn’t make an “unnatural movement” to try and earn contact from Jamaal Lascelles – leaving the Blues faithful furious on social media.
Thomas Tuchel’s men beat the Magpies 2-0 on Monday night to record their fourth straight Premier League victory, with goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner handing them another set of three points under the new head coach.
Giroud opened the scoring after 31 minutes at Stamford Bridge despite initially starting on the bench, having replaced an injured Abraham 10 minutes earlier.
Gary Neville claimed Tammy Abraham would have won an early penalty in Chelsea’s win over Newcastle if he didn’t make an “unnatural movement” to try and earn contact from Jamaal Lascelles
The latter was forced off after shipping a heavy challenge from Lascelles as he raced through on goal inside the box, which appeared to damage his right ankle.
Abraham felt he should have had a penalty, but after consulting the pitch-side VAR monitor referee Peter Bankes decided his original decision to not award the foul was the correct one.
Lascelles’ challenge forced Abraham off with an ankle injury, but referee Peter Bankes didn’t think it was a foul and decided against awarding a penalty
Neville agreed with the official’s call on the night, explaining on Sky Sports how Abraham cost himself a penalty and a potential goal by looking for the contact.
“We talked about it years ago on this show, about players taking that unnatural movement across the line,” the pundit said.
“He’s just literally gone across because he wants that kick on him. If he just goes and plays the ball, I think he either wins the penalty or scores a goal.
Neville agreed with the official’s decision and accused the Blues striker of trying to receive contact in the…