mushy wrote:I was there and nobody around me immediately thought of it as a sending off, neither did the ref.It was only when the linesman started signalling (after the decision had been made) that anyone thought he was going off.I watched it again on TV and it was nothing more then a slight touch on the shoulder. Antonio went down far to easily again.Very harsh sending off in my opinion. I hope he wins any appeal.
mushy, you're normally pretty solid on factual analysis but I think the ref and lino were talking hence the pause, and there were really only two questions for them to decide:
- was it a foul? yes it was
- was he last man? yes he was
Holebas couldn't catch Antonio, pulled him back and committed a foul. Antonio was headed into the area, not away which would have been the only mitigation. I was there too and all of us were immediately saying "it's red, surely?".