'Unacceptable' - Pochettino slammed for naming Gallagher as captain after Brighton red card

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • 3 Dec 2023 09:10 CST
  • 5 min read
Conor Gallagher, Chelsea
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Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has been criticised for naming Conor Gallagher as the club’s captain, in preference to Thiago Silva, following the Englishman’s red card against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Just one week after club captain Reece James was sent off in the 4-1 loss to Newcastle United, Chelsea saw their on-field captain handed an early bath after Gallagher was given two first-half yellow cards by referee Craig Pawson.

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His first bookable offence came in the 31st minute before a mistimed challenge on former Chelsea player Billy Gilmour resulted in a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time.

Gallagher has been heavily criticised by Chelsea fans online, with their side 2-1 up at the time in a crucial Premier League game against an injury-hit Brighton team.

It was the second red card of Gallagher’s senior Chelsea career, with the first also coming in the first-half of a game. In just his second-ever start for the club, the England international was handed a red card after just 28 minutes versus Leicester City last season.

His latest sending off has not gone down well amongst the Blues fanbase, with many taking to Twitter to vent their anger.

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