Why Casemiro was the only player shown red card from the Man Utd vs. Crystal Palace game, the Referee explains
Dermot Gallagher, a former Premier League official has clarified the circumstances surrounding Jordan Ayew of the Seagulls’ exclusion during Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, but Casemiro was.
He disclosed to BBC Sport that: “I witness two teams engaging in combat. I watch two teams where several players cross the line, and one is singled out and dismissed. That doesn’t feel right to me.
“Casemiro has gone too far when you stop moving. But more and more players are stepping over it. It has to do with consistency.
“When teammates are viciously acting toward one another, as the player did last week against Christian Eriksen, you don’t want to lose players. It came to form a Crystal Palace player.
“Casemiro is protecting our player as well as the attacker. He is restraining him and shielding him. He’s not trying to hurt him.”
The referee issues a ruling regarding Casemiro’s red card.
Gallagher, who officiated in English football’s top division from 1992 to 2007, said on the Sky Sports News “Ref Watch” segment on Monday, that he thought referee Andre Marriner made the right decision to dismiss Casemiro.
The Brazilian’s contact with Hughes may have been less severe than initially thought, according to the disclosure of another angle.
He explained (as reported by the Manchester Evening News): “It’s a referee’s worst nightmare. There is certainly a lot going on. Self-policing is impossible.
“You can see Scott Ledger, the assistant referee, trying to keep the players under control. He then exits through the back to get a better look at something else. The issue is that Casemiro is talking behind his back. There is simply so much going on.
“People are wondering why Ayew was left, and I believe the VAR chose Casemiro. I think they can only take in so much information at once.
“To me, Casemiro deserves a dismissal. I say that because it is unacceptable for a player to put both hands around another person’s throat. I agree the VAR reviewed it and determined that a red card should be issued. Other things are happening. Is someone an agitator or a broker of peace? I believe the FA will review that today; it is up to them to determine whether they need to process any additional documents.”