Ex-FIFA Referee shares verdict on Aston Villa v Chelsea controversy as Tuchel fumes

Thomas Tuchel is right to suggest Aston Villa were awarded a “soft” penalty against Chelsea, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA referee claimed there was no foul by Jorginho on Bertrand Traore and you could tell by the Villa winger’s reaction.

The pair came together in the Chelsea box early in the second half after Traore received the ball from Jack Grealish.

He then went down after the challenge from Jorginho and Anwar El Ghazi converted the subsequent spot-kick for Villa’s second goal.

Chelsea pulled one back with 20 minutes to go but Villa held onto a 2-1 win at Villa Park.

As quoted by Eurosport, Tuchel described the decision as “very, very soft”.

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Asked for his assessment of the incident, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Well, I’ve got to tell you Stuart Atwell’s in a brilliant position, an amazing position.

“Jorginho’s not doing too much protesting. I think it is a soft penalty kick for sure, no question.

“I’m finding it difficult to find a foul. The player knows with a smile on his face that he’s bought one.

“Jorginho is trying to play the ball. I can understand the protest.

“I actually agree with the manager, it’s a soft penalty.”

Despite the result, Chelsea secured a place in the top four after Leicester City lost 4-2 to Tottenham at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes were unable to hold on after going into a 2-1 lead over Spurs just after half-time.

Chelsea finished the season in fourth as they prepare for this weekend’s Champions League final against Manchester City.

In other news, Aston Villa could sign a 21-year-old by 11th June.