Liverpool APPEAL controversial red card given to Alexis Mac Allister during their win over Bournemouth
- Alexis Mac Allister was sent off in his first league game at Anfield for Liverpool
- He was shown a straight red for a mistimed but not a reckless challenge
- Jurgen Klopp hinted that the Reds would appeal the red card after the game
Liverpool have appealed the red card given to Alexis Mac Allister during Saturday’s win over Bournemouth.
The Argentine midfielder was shown a straight red card for a mistimed but not reckless tackle on Cherries player Ryan Christie in the 58th minute of the match – and would be set to miss three games if it was upheld.
Paul Tierney, who has a history with Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp accused him of being ‘biased’ last season, was on VAR and did not instruct referee Thomas Bramall to consult the video monitor.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was disappointed at the decision and said on Saturday: ‘I saw the red card back and for sure we have to talk about it,’ said the Reds boss, whose team won after goals from Luis Diaz, Mo Salah and Diogo Jota.
‘I understand 100 per cent how it looks for a referee in that moment – but when you see it back it is the inside of the foot and no power behind it. It is not reckless, it is just he mishit the ball and then slightly hit the shin of the other player.
Alexis Mac Allister was controversially sent off in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory against Bournemouth
He was shown a straight red for a mistimed but not reckless challenge on Ryan Christie
Liverpool have launched an appeal but Mac Allister will miss three games if it is upheld
‘We saw harsher challenges which were not a red card and this shouldn’t have been. I don’t know exactly what we have to do, but we should talk about it again.’
As per FA guidelines, all straight red cards with the exception of those for use of abusive language or gestures can be appealed. For it to be successful, Liverpool must prove that the referee made an obvious error in sending the player off.
The only worry for Liverpool is that if the FA were to overturn the decision, it could potentially undermine the refereeing team.
‘Besides contact, if we had a list of points of what we need to give a red card, no other box is ticked,’ added Klopp.
‘It’s a mistake and the punishment of playing 40 minutes with 10 men is already punishment enough. We have to talk to the authorities.
‘If he gives a yellow card nobody would say, “by the way you need to have another look at that”. The amount of times I’ve already been asked about it shows it is worth discussing again, which we will probably do.’
Even Klopp’s opposite number, Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola, admitted it was a soft decision to send off Mac Allister. He said: ‘I don’t know. In real life, it did not look like a red card. It was more an orange (card)!’
Chris Sutton also wrote in Mail Sport that it was the wrong decision. Liverpool play at Newcastle on Sunday.
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