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Gallagher not convinced

Although Manchester United eventually saw the result go there way on Sunday over Tottenham Hotspur it could have been very different from an earlier point during the game had Edinson Cavani’s goal stood.

The Uruguayan striker’s goal was ruled out due to a foul given during the build up between Scot McTominay and Heung-min Son. The Scottish international was deemed to have caught the South Korean in the face and therefore the goal was disallowed.

Let’s start with the big decisions.

Firstly, the Scott McTominay foul on Son Heung-Min.

This is very much along the same lines as the penalty Danny Welbeck was awarded against Liverpool. If the ref gives the foul, fine. But it’s not for VAR in the PL. pic.twitter.com/kbqAjwAmpR

— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) April 12, 2021

 

Former official Dermot Gallagher explained the process and despite saying he was not convinced, admitted that he thought it was ‘inevitable’ that it would be overturned when the referee saw the incident in slow motion.

“It raised a lot of interesting debates. The first thing is when the VAR [Craig Pawson] looks at this, he checks is it a red card?” said Dermot Gallagher.

“Well, most certainly not. The game goes on and once the ball goes in the net, he then checks is it offside? No.

“Then he has to go back and see if there is an offence in the attacking build-up?

“I’m not convinced, but what I would say is that once the referee [Chris Kavanagh] is sent to the screen and he sees that in slow motion, it is inevitable he is going to give a foul because it is difficult to say he did not catch him in the face and therefore the referee has gone back and given the free-kick.”

Yellows not reds

Next on the agenda, once the foul was given was deciding whether or not McTominay should have been shown a second yellow for ‘striking’ Son in the face.

Gallagher this time outright agreed with the decision of the on-field officials.

“I think not,” when asked if McTominay should have got a second yellow. “We are already saying the majority of people did not think it was a foul, so to go back and give him a second yellow would really have been rubbing salt in the wounds. It was careless, it was not reckless, it certainly was not dangerous.”

Others found this to be a point of contention.

Let’s start with the big decisions.

Firstly, the Scott McTominay foul on Son Heung-Min.

This is very much along the same lines as the penalty Danny Welbeck was awarded against Liverpool. If the ref gives the foul, fine. But it’s not for VAR in the PL. pic.twitter.com/kbqAjwAmpR

— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) April 12, 2021

 

Jose Mourinho said post-match that Paul Pogba should have been sent off for elbowing Paul Pogba, again Gallagher said it wasn’t enough for a red card.

“I think this is reckless, it is a very short distance, his arm is crooked, he has not really thrown it, but I do think that is reckless and had he got a yellow card, he could not really complain. But I do not think it is enough for a red card,” explained Gallagher.

“I don’t think that’s enough for a red card.”

Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba should have been sent off for this elbow on Serge Aurier but Dermot Gallagher isn’t convinced…#RefWatch pic.twitter.com/hALYdniVh9

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 12, 2021

 

 

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