Former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Steve McManaman brandished West Brom’s Craig Dawson as “dishonest”, while working as a pundit for BT Sport, after the defender failed to admit he was the one who committed a foul.
In a discussion during the post-match analysis, both Steve McManaman and David James argued about Dawson’s lack of admission.Embed from Getty Images
When asked if the referee is to blame for the incident, James said, “allow the referee to be human and make a mistake, and then we’ll talk about it afterwards.”
McManaman went on to suggest that Dawson should have approached the referee and admitted that he committed the foul. The confusion comes as to what offence the referee is brandishing the card for.
Wilfried Bony was brought down by Dawson outside the box and then tackled inside the box by McAuley in the same series. Yet the referee gave a free kick outside the box and sent off McAuley.Embed from Getty Images
But should Craig Dawson have admitted he was at fault? If the ban is rescinded, both Dawson and McAuley will avoid a suspension, so maybe not owning up has benefitted West Brom.
This isn’t the first time this type of incident has happened, as Wes Brown was wrongly sent off for a foul on Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford a few weeks ago when referee Roger East should have sent off John O’Shea instead.
Arsenal fans will also remember the time when Kieran Gibbs was sent off instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Stamford Bridge in March 2014.
But should the guilty player involved admit to his foul? Should Craig Dawson have admitted the foul, and should referees be allowed to use footage to assist in officiating?