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Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon suffers broken leg as Fulham boss fumes at referees

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Former Chelsea midfielder and current Fulham boss Slaviša Jokanović was left fuming on multiple accounts Tuesday night as his Whites battled to 0-0 draw at Leeds in the Championship but at significant cost as Lucas Piazon was stretchered off in the first half with a broken leg while the referees turned a blind, or even worse, uncaring eye towards proceedings.

Commenting after the game, Jokanović confirmed that the injury was very serious and revealed the “ugly” conversation he had with one of the referees.

“We are so disappointed for this situation about Lucas Piazon. I believe he broke the fibula or broke the leg. It's a very bad injury and we will lose him for a long time.

“It's not a question about complaining - it can be bad luck or a tackle outside of the normal. But I'm really disappointed with what I heard from one of the referees who explained 'this is English football and this is completely legal'.

"I am a 48-year-old man and I've never heard an ugly answer like I heard today in this stadium."

-Slaviša Jokanović; source: Sky

You can watch the tackle from Leeds defender Conor Shaughnessy here.

Pressed further on the comments from the referee, Jokanović decided to avoid a fine and suspension.

"It's not important. We don't need to go so deep into it. I am personally a little bit disappointed.

"I hear something, it's probably because my English is not great, because it's so ugly and I never expected to hear it in professional football.

"I'm disappointed in comments from people who need to care and save the players. I was simply surprised to hear that.

"I've never heard such silly commentary about a complex situation like I heard today."

-Slaviša Jokanović; source: Get West London

While one thing has nothing to do with the other (beyond keeping the standard of officiating to a certain level), comparing the excessive force and recklessness of that tackle with what Gary Cahill walked for on Saturday makes both decisions rather laughable. (And let’s not even talk about Harry Kane’s scissor tackle.)

Of course this is no laughing matter, with Piazon, who suffered a broken jaw earlier this calendar year and missed about a month, now set to be sidelined for a good long while, recovering at Cobham as per standard Chelsea policy in these sorts of situations. Broken fibulas aren’t quick to heal, with standard recovery times anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on the severity of the fracture.

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