Watch Chelsea’s injured star Mateo Kovacic LAUGH at mob of furious Leeds fans after Dan James red card
CHELSEA star Mateo Kovacic was involved in an angry confrontation with Leeds United fans after limping off last night – and proceeded to laugh in their faces.
The midfielder is a major doubt for the FA Cup Final after he was on the receiving end of a shocking challenge by Dan James in his side’s 3-0 victory.
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The Croatian international, 28, was floored as the Welsh forward launched an X-rated two-footed lunge at him in the 24th-minute.
As the Elland Road crowd roared their approval, those cheers soon turned to outrage as the referee instantly waved a red card.
The Blues star ended up with limped down the tunnel for more treatment. His left ankle has been heavily strapped.
James looked shocked, but the official was in no doubt that he had witnessed a wild and dangerous two-footed lunge as Kovacic rolled around in agony.
And once VAR confirmed it, the Leeds man trudged off the field as the Chelsea man received treatment.
Kovacic was able to walk to the touchline with the help of the club physio before making his way back onto the field.
And his return was met by a huge chorus of boos as he transformed into the pantomime villain.
Kovacic played on for just a few moments before he fell to the ground again inside the centre circle and signalled to come off with Ruben Loftus-Cheek taking his place.
But as he made his way to the Chelsea dug-out, a host of home supporters behind began insulting and viciously heckling the former Real Madrid man.
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