Tottenham interim boss Ryan Mason was left incensed after Diogo Jota escaped “one of many clearest crimson playing cards” earlier than scoring Liverpool’s stoppage-time winner towards Tottenham.
Referee Paul Tierney booked Jota for catching Spurs midfielder Oliver Skipp within the head with a excessive boot with Liverpool main 3-2 heading into the ultimate 10 minutes at Anfield.
Skipp was pressured to withdraw from the sport after sustaining a big gash to his head however, with VAR intervention not forthcoming, Jota remained on the sphere and netted Liverpool’s dramatic winner 99 seconds after Richarlison regarded to have snatched a degree for Spurs in stoppage time.
Mason, whose taking part in profession was ended by a severe head damage whereas taking part in for Hull Metropolis in 2018, stated he would search a proof from the match officers after the “baffling” determination.
“It is one of many clearest crimson playing cards I’ve seen, it is tough to take,” Mason advised Sky Sports activities. “It is an unattainable one to overlook.
“Once you discuss endangering an opponent, to attract blood from a stud when Skipp’s head is five-and-a-half toes within the air baffles me. That sort of determination is perhaps the distinction between profitable the sport or not.
“It is robust to know and I would really like a proof. I noticed the incident in actual time and you’ve got a really feel for these form of moments. The VAR official has the good thing about a replay.”
Mason continued: “I would really like a proof and a purpose why it wasn’t [a red card]. I can perceive referees and officers on the pitch lacking it regardless that my feeling was an immediate crimson card as a result of when your foot is studs displaying and also you’re five-and-a-half toes off the bottom and make contact with a participant’s head and draw blood, and there’s a gash, I believe it ticks all of the bins.
“Most likely extra so an skilled referee within the VAR room, you need him to assist the official on the pitch in that second. Pay attention, it is determined the sport as a result of that participant on the pitch should not have been on there on the finish. I am fairly certain most soccer individuals’s opinions will in all probability really feel the identical.”
Sky Sports activities pundits Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness agreed with Mason that Jota ought to have been dismissed for the problem.
“It is a crimson card,” Redknapp stated. “Jota endangered an opponent, that is the letter of the regulation. Jota went on to attain the profitable purpose, so you possibly can perceive why Mason is livid.
“Jota is not that form of participant, he doesn’t suggest to harm Skipp, however it’s a nasty problem, it is excessive and leaves a nasty gash. It is a crimson card.”
Souness added: “It is a crimson card. Jota is not that sort of participant, however he is knocked off for a short second, after which proven six studs. He is obtained to go for that.”
Mason: You can’t present Liverpool 4 targets
Seven days on from their 6-1 defeat at Newcastle, the place they have been 5-0 down after 20 minutes, a repeat regarded on the playing cards at Anfield for Tottenham as they fell 3-0 behind inside quarter-hour.
Harry Kane’s 208th Premier League purpose, which places him joint-second on the all-time record with Wayne Rooney, began the unlikeliest of comebacks which was accomplished by Richarlison in stoppage time.
Nevertheless, Jota scored for Liverpool simply 99 seconds later to sentence Spurs to a different loss, ending any lifelike hope of qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League, with the Europa League removed from sure.
A annoyed Mason conceded the style of Spurs’ defeat was symptomatic of their season, including: “You’ll be able to’t begin Premier League video games like that. To present a staff like Liverpool 4 targets makes it very tough. It is robust to place into phrases. I am completely gutted.
“To begin a recreation like that’s laborious to place into phrases. I do not perceive why. On the identical time, we ready for the sport effectively as a result of each time we had the ball we regarded like scoring.
“We have confirmed we could be a superb staff. On the identical time, we additionally confirmed why we’re within the place the place we’re. However to get again within the recreation and provides them a purpose is tough to take. I am devastated.
“The fact is the staff that created essentially the most probabilities misplaced the sport. We have been the higher staff by a rustic mile.”