Ref Watch: David Luiz was right to be sent off but Mike Dean got it wrong at Old Trafford, says Dermot Gallagher

Dermot Gallagher returns with the most recent Ref Watch and says the letter of the regulation was utilized within the dismissal of David Luiz throughout Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves.

Wolves 2-1 Arsenal

Referee Craig Pawson brandishes a purple card to David Luiz on Tuesday evening

INCIDENT: Arsenal’s Luiz is sent off on the stroke of half-time with referee Craig Pawson deeming the centre-back commits an expert foul because the final defender on Wolves’ Willian Jose contained in the field. A penalty is awarded.

VERDICT: Correct choice.

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DERMOT SAYS: “People are saying, we have regarded and regarded and we’re undecided. The onfield referee’s choice was penalty. There is not any conclusive proof to say it wasn’t so you’ve gotten to default again to the onfield choice. Once that’s penalty and it’s authorised – as a result of it cannot be proved wrong – evening follows day. If he makes a problem like that and commits a foul, he hasn’t made a real try to play the ball and due to this fact it has to be a purple card.

“The referee is satisfied Luiz touched him and the VAR backs the referee as a result of he cannot see that there is no such thing as a contact. I referred to as penalty final evening once I noticed it. I am unable to see proof that the referee has made a transparent and apparent error. That’s what the VAR is there to choose, bear in mind. If you watch Craig Pawson, he is taking place a very good line, he has a very good view.

“He gives the penalty, makes his decision promptly, runs it through his head as to whether he thinks there’s been a general attempt to play the ball, thinks no, and gives the red card. If he slides in and is deemed to have made a genuine attempt to play the ball, he gets a yellow card because of double jeopardy. Someone said to me, why didn’t he take him clean out? Bear in mind if he does that, it’d be a red card for serious foul play.”

What do the foundations state?

Where a participant commits an offence towards an opponent inside their very own penalty space which denies an opponent an apparent goal-scoring alternative and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offending participant is cautioned if the offence was an try to play the ball; in all different circumstances (e.g. holding, pulling, pushing, no risk to play the ball and so forth.) the offending participant should be sent off.

INCIDENT: Bernd Leno is proven a purple card within the second half for dealing with the ball outdoors his space, stopping Adama Traore from operating onto a cross.

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VERDICT: Correct choice.

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DERMOT SAYS: “The good thing here is that the assistant has the best view of the incident. Leno is actually turning away from Craig Pawson, but he does handle it and the assistant flags very early.

“He can have communicated that the ahead would have chased after that ball and has a transparent alternative to rating. If it had been the full-back it would’ve been the identical. When the goalkeeper leaves his field he’s successfully an outfield participant. A transparent and apparent alternative to rating has been taken away.”

Man Utd 9-0 Southampton

Jan Bednarek was sent off late on throughout Southampton's 9-0 defeat

INCIDENT: With 10-man Southampton already trailing Manchester United 6-0 at Old Trafford, referee Mike Dean awards the host a penalty after Anthony Martial goes to floor contained in the field beneath a problem from Jan Bednarek. The Polish centre-back is dismissed by Dean upon VAR evaluate.

VERDICT: Incorrect choice.

DERMOT SAYS: “I didn’t think it was a penalty. Bednarek goes to make the challenge but I think he realises, goes to pull out and I think Martial drags his leg into Bednarek. Once the referee gives a penalty it’s checked by the VAR and they say it’s not a clear and obvious error. VAR felt there should be a sanction and sent Mike to the screen.

“When he seems to be at it, he sees the goalkeeper hasn’t got the ball and due to this fact beneath the denial of a goalscoring alternative [rule], as soon as the penalty has been given and authorised, Bednarek, sadly, has to obtain a purple card.”

What the managers mentioned


Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl says his facet’s 9-0 defeat to Manchester United ‘hurts much more’ than once they misplaced by the identical scoreline to Leicester final season

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “I had a discussion with the referees before the game. I just asked them before the game what they thought about the David Luiz sending off because I don’t think he should’ve been sent off either and Bednarek definitely shouldn’t have been sent off.

“I believe the regulation wants to be regarded at, but the letter of the regulation, in the event you foul somebody, deny a goalscoring alternative and you do not try the ball, you’ve got got to be proven a purple card. There was contact there, but he should not be sent off. I believe everybody in soccer agrees on this.”

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “The second purple card is most disappointing, we have no extra gamers. Jan Bednarek doesn’t kill him but I don’t want to converse concerning the referee. Last week he was our VAR and made his mark within the sport.

“In such a moment you think they (the officials) should have a feeling for the situation, that we are punished enough. But if you want to send a mark then do it in this moment, if you think you must settle the game then do it. Anyway, it is not important.”


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INCIDENT: Southampton have a aim disallowed for offside with the rating at 4-0 to United through the second half with Che Adams deemed to have been fractionally past the final defender upon VAR evaluate.

VERDICT: Let the aim stand.

DERMOT SAYS: “The process was messy. They drew the lines, changed their minds and drew the lines again. It’s one of those where if you’d let it go, nobody would have been talking about it.”

INCIDENT: Southampton teenager Alex Jankewitz is sent off after simply 79 seconds for a foul on Scott McTominay.

VERDICT: Correct choice.

DERMOT SAYS: “It’s clearly a red card, I don’t really need to answer that – it’s a given! The referee deserves credit for getting it right 79 seconds in. You go into every game needing to be switched on from the first whistle, but that’s very easy to say. Players tend to play themselves into games like referees do but he deals with the first challenge with authority. He’s got a great view, but you’ve still got to identify what’s happened. It’s a bad tackle but in fairness to the lad, it’s his first full start and he may just have been over-enthusiastic. He’ll learn from it, but credit to Mike Dean.”

Kilmarnock 0-4 Celtic


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INCIDENT: Kevin Clancy pointed to the spot after Albian Ajeti tumbled to the bottom when challenged by Colin Doyle and Odsonne Edouard slotted the spot-kick solely simply previous the Killie ‘keeper.

VERDICT: Incorrect choice.

DERMOT SAYS: “I think this incident is similar to the Martial one. The contact, if there is any, is made by Ajeti himself. Doyle stops and goes to pull out. The Celtic striker leaves a trailing leg and that’s what the referee sees as a connection but I think if he sees the angles that we’ve seen, I don’t think he’d have given a penalty.”


Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher assesses the important thing selections in Celtic’s 4-0 win at Kilmarnock within the Scottish Premiership, together with Scott Brown’s obvious elbow

INCIDENT: Celtic captain Scott Brown, coming back from a two-game suspension, had a coming along with the Kilmarnock midfielder Aaron Tshibola through the victory at Rugby Park. But did the Hoops skipper lead with an elbow?

VERDICT: Yellow card.

DERMOT SAYS: “I don’t think it’s a red card, but what I would say is that when you do that kind of thing, you’re running a massive risk. Once you start raising your arms like that, but it’s almost petulant rather than violent. I don’t think it’s serious foul play, I don’t think it’s violent conduct so I think a yellow card would’ve sufficed.”

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