Officials may have made a huge mistake in the most recent Everton match after Anthony Gordon avoided a red card for a horror tackle in the Carabao Cup.
It was a game to forget for Frank Lampard and co as they were dumped out of the competition without putting up much of a fight.
Indeed, Everton travelled down to the south coast to meet Bournemouth in the third round and were soundly beaten 4-1, with three second-half goals from the hosts capping a miserable night for the Toffees.
However, things could have been even worse had the referee realised just how poor Gordon’s tackle was when he lunged at Jordan Zemura without a great deal of control.
An image of the incident shared online by BBC Sport clearly shows how high his boot was as he caught the ankle of the Cherries’ left-back – but was only handed a yellow card by Darren England.
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Seeing as there was no VAR in use, the incident wasn’t checked and so the referee’s initial decision to award a free kick and a yellow card could not be upgraded to anything more serious.
In the BBC Sport match report, journalist Emma Smith claimed that Gordon ‘should have been sent off’ for the foul and asserted that he ‘should be thankful for the lack of VAR in the EFL Cup’.
The Everton man certainly is a lucky boy, and seeing as he now has one yellow card in this competition and a further six in the Premier League, his discipline may be something of a concern for Lampard going forward.
It nearly cost his team in this match, although the Toffees were so poor that they still fell to defeat regardless of this fortunate bit of officiating.