'Terrible': Some Chelsea fans angry after their loanee was sent off for 'absolutely nothing' last night

Chelsea supporters on social media responded to Ethan Ampadu’s dubious sending off yesterday for Venezia.

Ampadu came on a substitute last night for the Venetians in their home Serie A fixture against Salernitana.

But the Wales international’s evening last just seven minutes after he received a straight red card for a tackle on Franck Ribery (not a typo).

The 21-year-old was forced into a stretching interception on Ribery following a loose pass from his teammate.

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VAR uproar

On first glance, the challenge seemed completely acceptable and well-timed.

On second glance, the challenge seemed completely acceptable and well-timed.

Yet, this was not the view of VAR, who deemed Ampadu’s attempt worthy enough of an early bath, as he apparently denied a goalscoring opportunity.

This decision from the video assistant did not go down well on Twitter.

Especially from a Chelsea standpoint, who were totally miffed by Ampadu’s dismissal.

Here’s how they reacted:

Ampadu on the road

Life in Venice had been going pretty swimmingly up until that point for Ampadu.

In his first three starts, the versatile defender helped the team to a pair of a draws and a victory.

He then grabbed an assist in the 3-1 defeat to Sassuolo, his first in senior football since 2016 according to Transfermarkt.    

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However, there has been an unhappy theme running throughout Ampadu’s Italian tenure.

His five Venezia appearances have been accompanied by four yellow cards and now a red.

Admittedly, the latest booking should not be on the record.

However, the general discipline will need working on if he is to break back into Chelsea’s squad.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.