Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher said that Everton skipper Seamus Coleman was fortunate to escape a red card for his first bookable offence in Saturday’s 1-0 loss against Burnley.
Looking over the incidents for Sky Sports, Gallagher said that he would have given a red card straight away for the first challenge of the two which earned him yellow cards.
Speaking about the challenge on Erik Pieters, Gallagher said: “I think it’s a red card offence because if you’re training a young referee when someone overruns the ball, you say be prepared for when he lunges for what might happen.
“He had no intention whatsoever of hurting this guy, but he tackled with his wrong foot and caught him with his studs. If the referee sees what he sees what we see, he sends him off.”
TBR’s View – Silva must be frustrated with Coleman for getting a red when he’s under pressure
As Gallagher said, there was no malice in that challenge – or the one which got Coleman actually sent off – but Marco Silva must have been frustrated with his captain for getting sent off at a time when he is under the pump.
Silva needed his captain to lead by example and getting a red card – which came after he’d had a let off – was the exact opposite of what he’d have been hoping for.
That didn’t help anyone at all and created the conditions for a result which leaves Everton in the relegation zone.