Football FanCast columnist Roy James hopes that for the sake of Rafa Benitez, common sense prevails.
I have seen some red card shockers in my time, but the decision to send of Degen and Carragher was right up there with the best of them and for me it only further highlights why video technology is needed to take that responsibility away from referees, who’s rash decisions ultimately ruin games of football, cost team points and in some cases cost managers jobs.
I know how Liverpool fans feel and I remember bearing witness to another Lee Mason double red last season which cost us the game and probably Ramos his job and this just can’t go on anymore. If you think how long players stand there protesting the decision, once it has been made, then a video ref could have made the correct decision there and then and the game can reconvene normally. Who knows if Liverpool would have actually lost that game on Saturday or not, and whether Benitez would be under such scrutiny that he currently finds himself in.
I read this morning that Liverpool is appealing the decision against both red cards and I hope common sense prevails here. Both decisions were not clear cut, therefore can hardly be construed as red cards, so how can you deprive what is already an injury hit Liverpool team of two players due to incompetence of an official? It would be an absolute joke and why we know the referees association like to stick together here and not like criticising one of their own, they have to concede that Lee Mason here made a real balls up.