Confrontation between Cole Palmer and Chelsea coach following controversial Aston Villa draw

This article contains affiliate links, and we will receive a commission on any sales generated from it. Cole Palmer was caught up in an angry exchange with Chelsea assistant manager Jesus Perez after the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

The pair was furious with referee Craig Pawson for disallowing Axel Disasi’s late goal, with a flock of players crowding around the officials once the full-time whistle had sounded. Mauricio Pochettino’s side believed they had completed a sensational comeback at Villa Park on Saturday after going into the half-time break 2-0 down.

Noni Madueke halved the deficit in the 62nd minute before Conor Gallagher leveled the score with a glorious strike. The Blues appeared to have secured all three points in the 96th minute when Disasi nodded home from close range after Villa failed to clear their lines.

However, VAR felt that a foul had been committed before Disasi’s goal, leading to its disallowance. Chelsea players, including Palmer, swarmed around Pawson to plead their case at full time.

Palmer was caught up in a brief squabble with assistant manager Perez and reacted angrily, expressing his frustration at being pulled away from the situation. The pair exchanged angry words on the pitch.

Following the match, Mauricio Pochettino expressed his disappointment with the decision, criticizing the referee and the impact it had on English football.

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