Arsenal icon Kevin Campbell has discussed the incident involving Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Gunners ace Kieran Tierney early on in last night’s Premier League meeting between the two sides.
In the third minute of the Anfield clash, the Senegal international raised his arms as he tried to shield the ball from Tierney but elbowed the left-back in the face when doing so, leaving him in a heap on the ground.
Referee Craig Pawson opted to show Mane a yellow card rather than a red, and the 28-year-old went on to score the equaliser for Liverpool en route to a 3-1 win for the hosts.
“I don’t want to see players get red cards but we have seen, for incidents similar to that, players get sent off,” Campbell told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I know it was early on but an incident like that could have changed the game, but the referee chose not to do anything about it.
“But maybe that is something that will be looked at because we’ve seen other players get penalised for it.”
Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 25th minute before Mane equalised three minutes later.
Andrew Robertson made it two for Liverpool on 34 minutes and Diogo Jota added a third two minutes from time.
Campbell is right to feel aggrieved over the Mane incident – a third-minute sending off for Liverpool, not to mention one of their key forwards, would’ve put the Reds on the back foot right away.
Had the decision gone to VAR, there’s a very good chance Mane would’ve seen red, as his arm was unnaturally high and he appeared to look at his opponent just before the collision, so it could be argued that intent was there.