They say referees have a very tough job and they have to make decisions in split seconds compared to us fans who have the benefit of watching replays from multiple angles.
But on Saturday in the Merseyside Derby, the referee got it wrong when it came to Kevin Mirallas. The Everton player could easily have been sent of on three different occasions as highlighted by this image courtesy of @LFCMostar.
The first one on Luis Suarez was the most obvious with the player going in high on the strikers knee. Mirallas has now spoken out and said that he expected to see red.
“When I made the challenge, the first thing I thought was that it was going to be a red card,” the Belgian said, in comments reported by several British newspapers on Monday.
“I was genuinely going for the ball, but I know I caught him on the knee and I said sorry straight away.”
The second incident went unseen by the referee but you can see there is a hint of intent from Mirallas as he came down on Suarez again.
The third, an elbow on Jordan Henderson that drew blood. It may not have looked intentional but Mirallas certainly raised his elbow and it connected. I have seen reds being given for that before.