Jamie Redknapp: Mike Dean decision to send off West Ham’s Tomas Soucek genuinely worrying

Jamie Redknapp says referee Mike Dean’s decision to send off Tomas Soucek is genuinely worrying, particularly after a prolonged overview of the incident with VAR.

The ahead grazed Aleksander Mitrovic within the face because the pair ready for a West Ham free-kick. The Fulham ahead went to the ground clutching his face and VAR reviewed the incident.

VAR official Lee Mason instructed Dean to use the pitchside monitor – reportedly on his opinion of a clenched fist from the West Ham man – and after a protracted look, the referee confirmed Soucek a crimson card, regardless of there showing to be no intent behind the contact.

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It has thrown crimson playing cards and VAR again into the highlight after midweek incidents involving David Luiz and Jan Bednarek, and Redknapp was livid on the newest decision.


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He advised Sky Sports: “What is occurring to our sport? We all love soccer, however once you see choices like that… you possibly can blame Mike Dean, VAR, whoever you need. What is he seeing there? He goes over to the display screen and nonetheless decides to give him a crimson card.

“He’s tried to get his arm out of the way in which. Mitrovic has tried to seize him, and he lifts his arm to get it out of the way in which, and fully by chance he catches him. What is soccer coming to after we give that as a crimson card? Even the gamers cannot imagine it.

“Mike Dean has had so a few years officiating, and he thinks he is meant to do this? This is why individuals get so pissed off when individuals watch soccer now, after they see issues like that. It goes away from what we love in regards to the sport.

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“The fact that Mike Dean went over there and though it was a red card is a genuine worry for me. I’d like to see Mike Dean come out, say he’s looked at it overnight and admit that he’s made a huge mistake.”

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Redknapp added: “The game has become so sanitised now. There is no way that should be a red card. It has to be rescined.

“The individuals utilizing VAR usually are not utilizing any frequent sense in any respect after they get to the selections they do. Football was all the time a easy sport, however now it is change into so difficult with the principles. It’s not all the time VAR’s fault, however I need to get to a state of affairs the place issues are made easier.”

Moyes ’embarrassed’ for Mike Dean


West Ham’s David Moyes says he is embarrassed for whoever was on VAR obligation after Tomas Soucek’s crimson in opposition to Fulham.

West Ham supervisor David Moyes mentioned he was “embarrassed” for referee Mike Dean over his decision to send Soucek off.

Referee Dean consulted the pitchside monitor, after being invited to accomplish that by VAR official Lee Mason, having initially waved play on.

The pair had been additionally concerned in one other controversial decision earlier this week, when Dean despatched off Southampton’s Jan Bednarek throughout a 9-0 defeat by Manchester United, with the membership launching a profitable attraction that noticed the crimson card rescinded.


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“That worries me even more that they’ve made that decision tonight,” Moyes mentioned. “I’m amazed they’ve even sent them to look at it.

“Even extra amazed that Mike selected to do one thing with it. What can we do? I do not suppose anybody in soccer or soccer administration are satisfied by the rulings we’re concerned in.

“It’s an accidental clash. I’m more embarrassed for whoever was on VAR and made that decision and thinks that is in any way deliberate. I think he makes contact, but if VAR don’t see that it’s an accidental thing then it’s difficult, isn’t it? I don’t know what to say.

“Sometimes these choices can have an effect on you badly. We hope that it would not, however I’m amazed that they are even contemplating letting that go to VAR and never seeing it as unintended. It’s an unimaginable decision.

“I’m actually quite embarrassed for Mike that he would have made that decision.”

Asked whether or not West Ham would comply with in Southampton’s footsteps and lodge a proper attraction in opposition to the Soucek’s suspension, Moyes added: “You very rarely win any appeals these days.

“There will all the time be a cause why they suppose it must be, so I believe we discover all of those choices very troublesome for the time being.”

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Parker: Football goes sterile


Scott Parker says Fulham’s work ethic and want was second-to-none throughout their goalless draw with West Ham.

Fulham supervisor Scott Parker mentioned the sport goes “very sterile” and that the identical decision wouldn’t have been upheld when he was a participant.

“I’ve not really seen it. It looked a little bit harsh but the way the game is going it’s become very, very sterile hasn’t it? In this modern day or the game we’re now involved in, it’s probably a sending-off.

“It’s definitely not one that may have been 5 years in the past and it is most likely the place Mike Dean was taking a look at it from. He’s been refereeing for a very long time and doubtless appears to be like at it and thinks, ‘it is a contact sport’ but it surely appeared harsh.

“That (the sterile game) is the game it seems that everyone wants. It seems like we want to slow things down on TV. I think sooner or later there’s no use in wearing shin pads, I think we’re only a matter of time away from that with lack of contact in a sport.”

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