Graeme Souness has said that there was no question that Raheem Sterling’s reckless challenge on Dele Alli should have resulted in a red card.
The Manchester City forward caught Dele on his ankle and the challenge looked like an extremely dangerous one on slow-motion replay, which only saw Mike Dean produce a yellow card with VAR failing to take any further action.
Jose Mourinho was not impressed that the England forward hadn’t received his marching orders for the foul (BBC) and Souness agreed with the Portuguese’s assessment.
The former Liverpool manager insisted that Son Heung-min’s kick out at Antonio Rudiger which saw the South Korean sent off against Chelsea prior to Christmas, was innocuous when compared to Sterling’s challenge on his England team-mate.
Watch what Souness said about the incident:
Graeme Souness on whether Sterling should have been sent off…
🗣"Son might have scratched his ribs with that, but that was a leg breaker" pic.twitter.com/rYgvKkigZr
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 2, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
There is no question that we have seen players sent off for a lot less than what Sterling did but two wrongs don’t make a right. The slow-motion replay does make the challenge look much worse than it actually is. It is clear in real-time that Sterling wasn’t trying to harm Dele but as always with VAR it is consistency that’s the issue.
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