Ryan Mason told BBC Sport last night that he believed John Fleck’s altercation with Giovani Lo Celso to be an ‘absolute red card’ as Spurs took on Sheffield United.
Tottenham were 1-0 to the good at the start of the second half when Lo Celso went to ground to challenge Fleck. The Argentine then stayed down holding his face.
Replays showed that Fleck had stamped down onto Lo Celso’s face following the challenge and VAR proceeded to review the incident before deeming it to be accidental.
Lo Celso played on after receiving some treatment and was later substituted for Harry Winks. The former PSG midfielder was then seen with an ice-pack on his face while watching on from the bench for the rest of the match.
Mason claimed that he could not believe the referee was not asked to take a look at the stamp on the pitch-side monitor, while also adding that it was a dangerous and avoidable action.
He said (BBC Sport at 21:46): “Red card. Absolute red card.
“I can’t believe it wasn’t given as a red card. I can’t believe the referee was not told to have a look.
“I’m shocked – especially when you think of some of the red cards for tackles recently. It was an avoidable action.
“The player’s safety has been put in danger. I’m shocked and disappointed.”
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