'It's a bit annoying' - Fulham CB Bassey reflects on being booked for time-wasting against Arsenal 

Published: November 30, 2023
'It's a bit annoying' - Fulham CB Bassey reflects on being booked for time-wasting against Arsenal 

Fulham central defender Calvin Bassey has reflected on the controversial yellow card dished out to him for time-wasting by referee Paul Tierney in the 50th minute of the Cottaggers' 2-2 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium back in August. 


The Nigeria international was yellow carded again in the 83rd minute for blocking Eddie Nketiah at a counter attack, leading to his dismissal. 


The first yellow card issued to Bassey was a bit harsh because Nketiah was in the area and he was not supposed to take the goal kick until the Arsenal striker got out of the box.

According to the International Football Association Board, 'all opponents are required  to be outside the penalty area until the goal kick is taken and if an opponent remains inside or enters the penalty area before the kick is taken and plays, challenges or touches the ball, the goal kick is retaken'. 


Bassey revealed that he was disappointed to be walking a disciplinary tightrope early in the second half. 


Reflecting on the yellow card against Arsenal, Bassey said to Fulham's official website: "It's one of those things. It's a bit annoying as a player and for the manager as well because sometimes in games you might just have to take a yellow and having to be on a yellow is obviously tough.

"Of course emotions got over but it is a good learning curve."


Bassey has not been cautioned in his last seven Premier League appearances for Fulham ahead of their trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday. 



Ifeanyi Emmanuel 



Photo Credit: fulhamfc.com 



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