Ex-Referee explains why Tottenham star was not send off against Sheffield United


Tottenham Hotspur defender, Eric Dier, gave himself a tightrope to walk at the new stadium against Sheffield United on Saturday.

The central defender, who was starting his second match at the back in a week, managed to pick up a booking in the opening two minutes.

Dier was then treading on eggshells for the rest of the match, with some arguing that he was fortunate not to see red after a couple of other questionable fouls.

The England man had a torrid time against the newly-promoted Premier League side, with countless passes going astray and Davinson Sanchez having to cover for Dier on multiple occasions.

Ex-Premier League referee, Dermot Gallagher, has now revealed why he thinks Dier did not see red for a challenge on Lys Mousset near the touchline on Saturday.

Gallagher said (Sky Sports Ref Watch as reported by Football London): “I think this is the biggest misnomer in football. If a player is on a yellow card and he commits a foul that isn’t going to be a red card. You wouldn’t expect to get a yellow card for that challenge.”

Jan Vertonghen was out injured for the match, while Juan Foyth came on in the second half at right-back and Alderweireld sat on the bench, leaving Dier and Sanchez as the starting central duo.

It remains to be seen whether Poch sticks with this partnership in the future.

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