Ref Watch: Was Jurgen Klopp right to be annoyed by Burnley tackles? – SkySports
Should Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo have seen red against Arsenal? Were the Gunners unfortunate to have two late goals disallowed? And was Jurgen Klopp right to call for more protection for players after Liverpool’s win at Burnley?
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher reviewed all the big midweek decisions on Ref Watch on Sky Sports News.
Watch the incidents below and see what Dermot had to say…
INCIDENT: Liverpool’s Joe Gomez is injured after a sliding tackle from Ben Mee. Phil Bardsley then escapes punishment for a challenge on Alberto Moreno.
B’mouth vs Liverpool
December 8, 2018, 11:30am
VERDICT: No foul by Mee, yellow for Bardsley.
DERMOT SAYS: I thought it was a really good, hard, fair tackle by Mee. Gomez’s own momentum takes him off the pitch and sees him slide into the advertising boards, that’s where the damage is done, not by Mee’s tackle.
Bardsley’s tackle is a foul and a yellow card, but certainly not a red. He goes with one foot, he does go over the top but he catches him with the side of the foot, not with the studs. A yellow would be appropriate, not a red.
INCIDENT: Chris Wood appears to be offside when Jack Cork scores Burnley’s opener and the ball is also kicked out of the hands of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.
VERDICT: Wrong decisions.
DERMOT SAYS: I think Wood is just offside when James Tarkowski heads the ball down. Once Alisson has his hands on the ball on the ground he is deemed in possession and the forward can’t go for it.
INCIDENT: Anthony Martial scores to make it 1-1, but Ander Herrera appears to be offside in the build-up.
DERMOT SAYS: It’s just offside, but it’s very tight.
INCIDENT: Marcos Rojo only gets a yellow card for a sliding tackle on Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi.
VERDICT: Correct decision.
DERMOT SAYS: He has gone with one foot and he is low. He catches him with his trailing leg and I think a yellow is fine.
INCIDENT: Arsenal have two late goals ruled out, the first because Alexandre Lacazette heads the ball out of David de Gea’s hands and the second because Henrikh Mkhitaryan is offside.
VERDICT: Correct decisions.
DERMOT SAYS: De Gea has control of the ball because it’s in his hands. It’s a good spot by the assistant for the second one because he has to be alert to the fact that Mkhitaryan is offside.
INCIDENT: Marouane Fellaini is booked for pulling Guendouzi’s hair.
VERDICT: Wrong decision.
DERMOT SAYS: I think the referee gives a foul and can’t see the hair pull, because if he does then it has to be a red card for violent conduct. Robert Huth was banned for three matches for pulling Fellaini’s hair in 2016, so the FA obviously see it as violent conduct.
INCIDENT: Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove and Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos are both sent off for second bookings.
VERDICT: Correct decisions.
DERMOT SAYS: With Cosgrove there’s no need to make that tackle, it’s a reckless tackle and he gives the referee no choice. Even Steven Gerrard said about Morelos afterwards that why would you do it – you’re on a yellow already and it’s on halfway.
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