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Mike Dean: Red card for Tomas Soucak ‘embarrassing’, says West Ham boss David Moyes

The Czech midfielder was shown a controversial red card following a lengthy VAR review after catching Aleksandar Mitrovic with his elbow. Dean was told to review the incident by VAR Lee Mason and dismissed Soucek despite Mitrovic telling the official that it was accidental.

Dean has already had one red card overturned on appeal this week after his decision to send Southampton’s Jan Bednarek off at Manchester United was successfully challenged by the Saints. Mason was also the VAR for the game at OId Trafford on Tuesday.

“To show a red card I think was an embarrassing decision,” said Moyes. “I’m more embarrassed that it would happen and VAR would go and ask him to look at it, because I thought it was just a simple accident which should have just said get on with the game and nothing more.

“I think both are good referees and have been throughout their careers. That worries me even more that they’ve made that decision tonight. I’m amazed they’ve even sent them to look at it. Even more amazed that Mike chose to do something with it. What can we do? I don’t think anyone in football or football management are convinced by the rulings we’re involved in.

“I didn’t say anything to him [Dean]. I’m actually quite embarrassed for Mike that he would have made that decision.”

Moyes is unsure as to whether or not the Hammers will appeal the decision. If they do not, Soucek – their top scorer – will miss three games having been sent off for violent conduct, starting with Tuesday’s trip to Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Even Fulham manager Scott Parker questioned the decision, saying: “It looked a little bit harsh but the way the game is going it’s getting a little bit sterile.

“It’s certainly not one that would have been five years ago. It looked harsh.

“That is the game it seems everyone wants, they want to slow things down on TV. Sooner or later there will be no need for shinpads.”

With softer decisions being made, Moyes questioned when the referees are going to intervene.

He said: “When are the referees going to stand up and say this is not the correct way to referee games? It was really unfair on the player tonight that he would find himself getting a red card for that decision.”


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