The Liverpool Echo’s head of sport David Prentice has slammed the recent sending off of Everton’s French full-back Lucas Digne.
During the latest round of Premier League fixtures, the Toffees were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium (per Premier League).
With Carlo Ancelotti’s side 2-0 down, any hopes of a comeback were dashed after Digne was shown a straight red card during the second half for a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters.
Following the full-time whistle, Ancelotti slated the decision and branded the red card a “joke”, while the Italian manager also vowed to appeal against the decision (per BBC).
During an episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Royal Blue: The Everton FC Podcast, Prentice ripped into the decision regarding the sending off. (25:20
He said: “To me, it was an accident. I think a three-game ban for that is very, very harsh in the extreme.
“I think it should be rescinded. I don’t think it will be, because I think the criteria for that is you’ve got to prove that an obvious error has taken place.
“Does that come under the category of obvious? I don’t know. There’s enough sufficient grey area in there for the referee to be able to justify his decision.
“But, I think it’s wrong. I think it was very, very harsh and unfortunately, we just have to live with it.”
TIF Thoughts on what David Prentice said about Lucas Digne’s red card…
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say about the red card which was shown to Digne, he believes that it should be rescinded but he does not think it will be.
Do you think the referee was right to send Lucas Digne off?
No, it was a bad decision
Yes, it was the right call
With Ancelotti having claimed that the club will appeal the decision as a three-match ban for the tackle is “not fair“, it will be interesting to see if the decision does end up being overturned.