Referee Stuart Attwell left Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham hanging before the Blues’ Premier League draw with Aston Villa.
The England star went to fist-bump Attwell in the tunnel, but the match official seemed to be unaware of Abraham’s presence.
Despite scoring three goals in his last two outings, Abraham was a sub as Chelsea failed to bounce back from their Boxing Day loss to Arsenal with a win.
As he came out to take his place on the bench, the former Villa man tried to greet the match referee.
But the Premier League’s youngest ever official appeared to be in the middle of a conversation with someone out of the camera shot, leaving Abraham looking around with his arm outstretched.
The Blues striker eventually gave Attwell a tap on the shoulder to draw his attention and only then did the man in black return the Covid-safe greeting.
With the game streamed live on Amazon, the whole awkward episode was captured on film.
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Abraham has seen his playing chances limited this season after Chelsea brought in the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in the summer.
The 23-year-old has appeared off the bench six times and was again selected as a replacement for last night’s game by Frank Lampard.
The striker did not come on though as Anwar El Ghazi claimed a point for the visitors after Olivier Giroud headed in the opener.
The point means Chelsea are now sixth in the Premier League, after suffering defeat to Arsenal just 48 hours before the took to the Stamford Bridge pitch.
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