Antonio Rudiger ‘headbutted’ by Everton’s Bernard in comical scenes
ANTONIO RUDIGER became a laughing stock when he was left pole-axed on the pitch asserting he had been headbutted by small Everton expert Bernard.
Chelsea defender Rudiger collapsed to the ground holding his face in apparent agony – despite the fact that at 5ft 4in there was no chance smaller than normal midfielder Bernard could have anyplace close butting him.
Referee Kevin Friend had his back to the play and completely missed the incident which occurred in the diminishing snapshots of the primary half at Stamford Bridge.
Neither one of the assistants hailed for anything either as the official let Chelsea push forward with a late attack on the Everon goal.
But once play had stopped he then went back to see the stricken Rudiger – and issued a yellow card for both.
Chelsea fans were fuming that 6ft 3in Rudiger had been shown yellow – while Brazilian pro Bernard was left snickering at the thought he had some way or another figured out how to achieve the safeguard with a headbutt.
The incident came at the end of a fiercely contested first half which had seen Jorginho and Marcos Alonso both make terrible difficulties.
Jorginho lunged in down the ankle of Gylfi Sigurdsson, earning a yellow card – but Alonso incredibly gotten away rebuff for a poor rake down the back of Theo Walcott’s leg directly before the burrow.