Ian Wright says Patrick Vieira ‘smiled’ after watching Joao Felix’s red card

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed Patrick Vieira's reaction to Joao Felix's red card against Fulham.

Vieira and Wright were watching the game together, with Vieira's Crystal Palace set to face the Blues a couple of days later. Speaking on Wrighty's House he said: "I was at Patrick Vieira's, me and Patrick were watching the game together.

"We're waxing, we're waxing about how well he's playing [Felix], because obviously, it's his first game. And when he got sent off, Patrick got up and went into the kitchen…like he's saying, yes! Patrick just got up, and he looked at me smiled at me and went to the kitchen."

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"It was a forward's tackle," Chelsea boss Graham Potter told BT Sport after the Blues' loss to Fulham.

"There was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment. He was really good you could see his quality in the game, so it is doubly disappointing for us.

"[The red card] makes it a little more difficult for us, I thought the application when we went down to 10 was really good…We have got to keep working there is no other solutions, you have to keep working stay together and try to get the three points."

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However, it didn't matter that Felix was unavailable for Chelsea as the Blues got back to winning ways at Stamford Bridge – grinding out a 1-0 win over Palace.

Kai Havertz notched the only goal of the game as the Blues wrapped up their first win in the New Year.


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