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Cameras pick up Holding's hilarious rant accusing Adama Traore of going down

Published on: 30 November 2020

Arsenal defender Rob Holding was caught by the television cameras hilariously accusing Adama Traore of going down too easily in their 2-1 defeat by Wolves.

With the Gunners trailing at the Emirates with five minutes to play, the sound of Holding furiously reacting to a free-kick being awarded to the winger echoed around the empty Emirates for all to hear – including the pitch-side microphones.

Holding was cautioned for the tirade by referee Michael Oliver after also throwing the ball in anger for what he thought was simulation by the Spain international.

After learning that a foul had been given, he 25-year-old turned around and screamed: 'He's built like a brick s**thouse, how's he gone down like that!' suggesting Traore was too easily fouled considering the muscular frame he has.

Traore had terrorised the Arsenal defence throughout the 90 minutes in north London, and Holding was clearly frustrated at his team's inability to contain him as they chased an equaliser.

The winger had already been booked earlier in the game for simulation after going down in the box under a challenge from Gabriel.

Wolves went ahead through Pedro Neto's finish after some good work by Traore before Daniel Podence cancelled out Gabriel's equaliser to win the game for the visitors in the first half.

It was a game overshadowed by a sickening head injury suffered by Wolves striker Raul Jimenez after a collision with David Luiz which left the Mexico international needing to be taken to hospital.

The ability to hear player's on-pitch conversations is a positive aspect to come out of games being played in empty grounds, though players and fans alike are keen to see full stadiums once again.

That has taken another step further, as teams from certain areas will be able to welcome up to 2,000 supporters back into stadiums from Wednesday when the UK's national coronavirus lockdown ends.


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