Liverpool to appeal against Star midfielder’s red card against Tottenham
Liverpool are set to appeal the red card Curtis Jones received in their controversial loss at Tottenham on Saturday.
The Reds midfielder was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Spurs’ Yves Bissouma, with still images showing Jones’ studs going into the shin of the Mali international.
But many believe the still image made the tackle look a lot worse than it was, with Jones appearing not to be reckless when making the challenge.
Simon Hooper consulted the on-field monitor and decided to send off Jones. He is set to miss the trip to Brighton on Sunday if the decision is upheld, with Diogo Jota also suspended following his red card at Tottenham.
Liverpool are also facing being without forward Cody Gakpo, who suffered a knee injury in north London on Saturday. Gary Neville was among the pundits who claimed Jones’ challenge was ‘genuine’ and that he was not trying to hurt Bissouma.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the former defender said: ‘I know when you’re doing someone. I’ve done it myself. It’s showing the end motion which looks bad. ‘His foot just slips. He’s gone to tackle the ball. It’s not a red card but he’ll probably get one and it’ll ruin the game.
‘You can look at that one of two ways. You slow it down all day long and it looks like a leg breaker. It’s one of the ones where he’s gone in genuinely and his foot has slipped.
‘I’m never sure anymore. My initial reaction is that wasn’t a player looking to do the opposition player.’ Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp mirrored those views as he claimed the sending off was ‘extremely harsh’.
‘It’s extremely harsh. Any tackle you risk going over the top of the ball. Once he doesn’t get it right, he gets on tip of it and it doesn’t look good. For me it isn’t a red, he doesn’t look to hurt him,’ Redknapp said. ‘He doesn’t mean to hurt him.’
Jones’ red card capped off a series of controversial calls during the game – the biggest of which was the decision to disallow Luis Diaz’s first half strike for offside, with VAR failing to intervene despite the player being onside.
The PGMOL have already offered an apology for the ‘significant human error’ and stood down the two VAR officials Darren England and Dan Cook from their upcoming fixtures.
However, Liverpool hit back in a statement that it was ‘unacceptable’ to blame human error as they demanded ‘escalation and resolution’.