Gary Cahill has criticised Emerson for his reaction to the incident which saw the Chelsea centre-back sent off in the dying minutes of Corinthians’ 1-0 victory over the Premier League side in the Club World Cup final, the
Cahill was dismissed in the 90th minute after an altercation with the forward and, while the England international begrudgingly accepted that he deserved a red card for his role in the exchange, he feels that not only should Emerson have been similarly sanctioned, but that the player’s theatrical response helped make up the referee’s mind.
“It was a bad reaction from me: I tackled him, we tangled up, he lashed out with his arm and hit me in the face,” Cahill said. “I thought that was out of order but I reacted in a bad way.
“I am angry about it. I’m disappointed in myself for my reaction but also because it’s okay for someone to lash out at you but you do something back and it’s deemed a red card. It probably is a red card but the reaction of the guy is totally out of order for what I did.”
Cahill went on to claim that the force with which he struck Emerson would struggle to have the same effect on his young daughter that it appeared to have on Emerson, castigating the player for the way in which he rolled on the floor and writhed in apparent agony.
Corinthians won the match thanks to a goal from the former Hamburg and Bayern Munich striker, Paulo Guerrero, who struck mid-way through the second-half to deny Rafael Benitez a first trophy as Chelsea manager, and also the chance to become the first manager to win the Club World Cup with three different teams. The Spaniard has previously won the trophy with Liverpool and Inter.
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