Jose Mourinho certainly did not hold back when talking about Heung-min Son red card decision yesterday in the Premier League, as the South Korean was given his marching orders for the second time this season.
Of course, many will remember that Son was sent off against Everton for his role in the Andre Gomes horror injury, but this was later rescinded.
However, Son has still got red card previous for Spurs when he was sent off for lashing out against Bournemouth towards the end of last season.
It was yet more violent conduct from the winger yesterday as he appeared to kick out with his studs following a challenge made by Antonio Rudiger.
Rudiger certainly makes the most of the incident, but after a VAR review, it was deemed enough to send Son off for violent condudct.
Jose Mourinho claimed that it should not have been a red card and that decisions like these are killing the game.
He said (Football London): “For me it’s not a red card. I think if we go to every person in this room, some would say yes and some would say no. That’s not the essence of the VAR. The essence, the initial protocol of the VAR, I was involved in the beginning in UEFA meetings and this kind of thing, the VAR is for the penalty of the first half, a clear and obvious mistake, 65,000 persons in the stadium look to the screen and know it’s a penalty. For me that’s the VAR.
“When you have the situation with Son and Rudiger it’s not a clear and obvious mistake by the referee. The mistake from the referee in that action is not to give a yellow card to Rudiger, because of the way he fouls Son. That is the clear mistake. But the VAR didn’t say that. Then the VAR goes to the Son situation which for me is not.
“Then you can say yes and this young lady will say no and probably our friend here will say yes, but that’s not VAR. So for me, really, really bad and basically kills the game.”
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