Neville brothers differ on Mane red-card controversy

Sadio Mane’s sending-off on Saturday got a lot of people debating the rules.

The Liverpool star was given his marching orders by referee Jon Moss for a high boot that caught the head of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.

Jurgen Klopp’s men had to play 53 minutes with 10 men and it was a game to forget for the team as they ended up losing 5-0.

Gary Neville was the co-commentator for Sky Sports’ coverage of the match at the Etihad Stadium, and he was adamant that Mane did not deserve a red card.

It was clear that the Liverpool star did not deliberately try to hurt the shot-stopper, who was stretchered off following the incident, as his eyes were only on the ball, but the rules do not take into account intent.

Serious foul play consists of endangering the safety of an opponent, and even though the collision was not intentional, Moss was following the letter of the law.

Neville disagreed at the time, and the situation was made even more controversial when Newcastle United star Matt Ritchie escaped punishment for a similar action.

While attempting to connect with the ball, Ritchie’s high boot caught the arm of Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson.

On Sunday night, Neville spoke to fans about the issue, and his brother Phil chimed in.