Manchester United fans have labelled Chris Smalling a “traitor” for his reaction to Roma’s penalty in the first-leg of their Europa League semi-final.
United took the lead through Bruno Fernandes but were pegged back from the spot after Paul Pogba was deemed to have handled the ball inside the box.
Lorenzo Pellegrini converted from the spot to make it 1-1, but United fans were more interested in the reaction of former Red Devils star Smalling.
The 31-year-old, who moved to Roma from Old Trafford in 2020, pleaded with the referee to award the penalty and applauded once it was given.
“Chris Smalling clapping has actually got me more p***** off than it should have”, was the view of one disgruntled United fan.
Another commented: “Chris Smalling being a bit of a weasel clapping his hand. Handball decision is b******. Game, set, match.”
While a third added: “Smalling can f*** off clapping the clown.”
Remarkably, one United fan even claimed Smalling “deserved to get robbed," referring to the shocking armed raid at his home earlier this month.
Smalling admitted before the match that facing United would give him extra motivation, so perhaps it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise to see him appealing for every decision.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, he told reporters: "Yeah, 100 per cent [facing United brings extra motivation],” he said at a press conference appearance on Wednesday.
"It's a special game, it's a semi-final and added on top playing against United.
"Obviously being in Rome for nearly the last two years, I think, I know the importance of bringing home a trophy because it's been far too long.
"There's so many ingredients for this so I don't think there will be a bigger game to be a part of.
"I'm just thankful I'm now fit and I'm able to contribute because the whole squad needs every player."
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