Portuguese attacker Joao Felix has received red card in his debut for Chelsea against Fulham.
Joao Felix lasted just under an hour into his Chelsea debut against Fulham on Thursday before being shown a straight red card for a nasty tackle.
WHAT HAPPENED?: Kenny Tete was on the receiving end of a high challenge from the loanee, who started the game despite only signing from Atletico Madrid a day earlier. Chelsea had pulled one back through Kalidou Koulibaly just after the break following Willian’s first-half opener against his former club, but Felix left his new side with everything to do against the 11 men of Fulham.
Felix sprinted to try and reach a loose ball before diving in off the ground.
The striker’s tackle lacked control as he caught Tete high on his shin.
Fulham players immediately surrounded the referee who took time to consider his decision before brandishing the red card.
Former Premier League referee Peter Walton suggested Felix had endangered his opponent and deserved to walk.
Joao Felix joined Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid just thus week.
The 23-year-old previously played for Benfica in his homeland before switching to the Spanish capital in the summer of 2019, for a record fee for both clubs.
A skilful and stylish attacker, Joao Felix is most effective when roaming fluidly across the forward line and involving himself in the build-up play.
At the Qatar FIFA World Cup, Joao Felix scored a vital goal in Portugal’s opening game, a 3-2 win over Ghana and he provided two assists during the tournament. He already has 28 caps to his name.