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EPL: Arsenal legend criticizes Chelsea’s Mendy after latest win

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Arsenal legend, David Seaman, has criticized Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for his play-acting in the Blues’ Premier League win over West Ham United last weekend.

Chelsea came from a goal down to beat West Ham United 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, though the match was tainted after the Hammers had a 90th-minute equaliser controversially ruled out.

Mendy was unable to hold onto the ball while under pressure from winger Jarrod Bowen, gifting it to Maxwel Cornet, who put the ball in the back of the net.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) officials told referee Andy Madley to review the incident on the pitch-side monitor, showing that as Bowen jumped over Mendy, his trailing foot lightly caught the Chelsea keeper.

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Madley and the officials deemed this to be a foul, and the goal was cancelled.

Reacting to the incident, Seaman was equally scathing of Mendy’s actions, explaining that what the 28-year-old had done would never have happened during his playing days.

“He [Edouard Mendy] can see the ball is not clear, so when I used to play, you would get up straight away,” He said on the Seaman Says podcast.

“The only thing that would stop you getting up would be if your arm was broken or if your shoulder was out. If not, get up and try and save it.

“I think it is a bit soft. Get up and try and stop the ball with anything and then go and get treatment. He could see easily that the ball was not clear and had gone to an opposing player.

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“It was just a coming together of bodies, he [Jarrod Bowen] did not even put his foot in, it was just like a trailing foot.

“An absolute shocker, that was such a bad decision [from the officials] it was frightening.”

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Olise’s late strike gets Palace point against United

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Michael Olise has helped Crystal Palace get a point against Manchester United in their 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park Stadium on Wednesday night.

The midfielder’s late strike in extra-time, 91′, levelled the game against United, who had controlled the lead since the 43rd minute of the first half after Bruno Fernandes’ fine finish put the Red Devils ahead just before the break.

A relentless Olise scored from a free kick with a left-footed shot to the top right corner. The equalising goal saw United’s dream of replacing defending EPL champions City in the second place on the league table, fade away, as they remain third with 39 points, having played a game more than City.

Crystal Palace remains in 12th place with 23 points.

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Atletico Madrid head coach speaks on leaving Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid head coach, Diego Simeone, has insisted that nobody has personally told him to leave the club.

Rumours have persisted that Simeone, 52, could be set to end this 11-year stay at Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

However, the Argentine has now stated that no one at the club has asked him to quit the La Liga giants.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey tie with Levante on Wednesday night, Simeone said when asked about reports suggesting he would leave the club at the end of the season: “No one has personally asked me to leave.”

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However, having already been eliminated from UEFA Champions League and sitting 13 points behind leaders Barcelona in the La Liga table, the Copa del Rey is Atletico Madrid’s last realistic opportunity for a trophy this season.

It has been a disappointing campaign for Simeone’s side, as they sit fourth in the league.

Simeone added, “The boys are enthusiastic to reverse this situation that we have experienced since the break and prior to the World Cup. It’s been a regular to a bad season. For me, there is growth after the break, hopefully, we will continue in that line.”

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EPL: Frank Lampard won’t run away – Shaun Wright-Phillips

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Former Chelsea player, Shaun Wright-Phillips has backed his former teammate, Frank Lampard to stay at Goodison Park and turn things around.

Wright-Phillips said his former team-mate does not run away from challenges such as Everton is facing now but would face them squarely

Lampard is in danger of being sacked any moment from now after yet another defeat on Friday.

Everton crashed out of the FA Cup on Friday after they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford

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Frank Lampard has now led Toffees to six defeats in their last seven matches and they have also crashed out of the Carabao Cup and are currently 18th in the Premier League.

“Frank Lampard has always been a player and a person that won’t run away from things not going well,” Wright-Phillips told the BBC.

“He is the type of person to try and solve it or try and make the situation a lot better…”

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