Sun 12 March 2023 | 19:50

Ten Hag fumes over Casemiro's red card and penalty calls

Casemiro was sent off during Man United's goalless draw with Southampton as he became their first player since Nemanja Vidic in 2013-14 to receive two red cards in a single campaign. Ten Hag bemoans the referee's call to send the Brazilian off.

Casemiro was sent off after a VAR review for a dangerous challenge on Carlos Alcaraz, the Brazilian will serve a four-match ban. However, the Man United boss points out a similar incident between Ricardo Pereira and Joao Felix on Saturday, where the Leicester fullback escaped punishment.

"What I think is the inconsistency; players don't know anymore what is the policy, and I think it's all across [every competition]," Ten Hag told reporters.

"We see it with the Premier League yesterday: Leicester-Chelsea, the VAR is not coming online. Today, it's coming online.

"And then it's two penalty situations, but they don't come online. Especially the first one, it was clear and obvious handball, so what is the policy?"

Asked whether he sought clarification from Taylor afterward, the Dutch coach said: "Of course, we talk but not a lot, so some questions we [still] have.

"There's another one: inconsistent. The referee is coming in the start of the season with a policy; we are [in the] Premier League, it's coming strong here, we want intensity [in the play]."

Ten Hag believes slow-motion and freeze-frame make everything look worse than in reality in VAR. He added: "Everyone who knows something about football, and of course, when you freeze it, it looks bad.

"But everyone who knows something about football, who was acting on top football, they know what is bad, what isn't bad and what is fair.

"And I tell you: Casemiro is a really fair player. Tough but fair.

"Casemiro is across European games, over 500 games he never had a [straight] red card. Now he has two.

"Think about that. He plays tough, but he plays fair. And also in this, he's playing fair, same as against Crystal Palace, so it's very debatable.

"And if they isolate one [incident] – it's a little bit the same as against Crystal Palace, definitely.

"When you saw that incident, you should have sent off three or four players and not only one [Casemiro], if you're really consistent."



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