Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was the first player to be shown the red card as the 2015-16 Premier League season kicked off on Saturday. The Belgian international brought down Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis inside the penalty area in the 52 minute and was given his marching orders by referee Michael Oliver as Chelsea and Swansea drew 2-2.
Gomis scored on the following penalty to tie the game at 2-2. Asmir Begovic, who Chelsea signed during the summer after Petr Cech left, took over in net for Courtois, but went the wrong way on Gomis’ shot from the penalty spot.
Courtois received treatment before the start of the game as he seemed to have some troubles with a knee during warmups. On the penalty situation, Courtois was coming off his line to clear a ball but instead he brought down Gomis right inside the area.
Watch the play that resulted in a red card for Courtois… http://t.co/8fztpFyAWa
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Chelsea captain John Terry received a yellow card for his protests of Courtois’ sending off.
Courtois will be suspended for at least one game, and will definitely miss Chelsea’s next match, which is Manchester City away. He could face up to a three-game suspension if the tackle on Gomis is deemed to fall under violent conduct.
70 – Thibaut Courtois' red card was Chelsea's 70th in the Premier League, 17 of which have come under Mourinho (24%). Rash.
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Chelsea had four red cards last season, and Courtois’ sending off is his first in the Premier League for the Belgian international. Courtois took over as the number one goalkeeper for Chelsea last season after spending a couple of seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid.
The game ended 2-2 and both teams received one point. Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 opening day matches at Stamford Bridge (10 wins, 3 draws).