Mourinho hits out at ex-Premier League referee for comments on Sterling tackle

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho certainly wasn’t happy with the VAR decision on the day against Man City when Raheem Sterling challenged Dele Alli, and he isn’t happy today either.

The Spurs head coach has hit out at ex-Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher today after the former official claimed it was not a red card challenge.

As Dele and Sterling both went for the ball, the Spurs man got their first, while the Man City player went over the top of the ball and crashed his studs down on Alli’s ankle.

Dele played on after treatment but eventually had to withdraw from the match with 20 minutes to go after struggling with the problem.

Mike Dean gave Sterling a yellow card following the challenge, with VAR checking and deeming that it was worth nothing more.

Gallagher then told Sky Sports Ref Watch that he did not believe Sterling’s tackle was worthy of a straight red.

Mourinho reacted (Football London): “If they watch (Dermot) Gallagher’s comments they will give 10 out of 10 because for Gallagher everything is correct. He could even find a way to say Sterling wasn’t a red card. If you give more screen time to Gallagher I’m pretty sure you will get nine out of 10 or 10 out of 10.”

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