Jamie Carragher defends Simon Mignolet over handball incident

Simon Mignolet

The former Liverpool defender has given his opinion on the failure to send off the Belgian in the win over Southampton.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has defended goalkeeper Simon Mignolet on his Kicca account.

The Belgian was part of a controversial incident in Sunday’s game against Southampton when he avoided a potential sending off in the first half of the Reds' eventual 2-0 win.

The Saints had appealed for the Belgian to be sent off after he appeared to handle just outside the box when he raced out to stop Eljero Elia reaching Nathaniel Clyne’s through ball.

Referee Kevin Friend failed to see it as a red card though, in a game where he had to make a number of decisions about potential penalties as well. Now, former Liverpool defender Carragher has defended Mignolet in light of the incident.

“I didn't think it was handball even though it struck his arm outside the area,” Carragher wrote on his Kicca account.

“When his arms were up & the ball hit Mignolet's chest he was just inside the area & his momentum took him outside, where the ball had rebounded onto the arm.”

The former defender turned pundit also suggests that Southampton manager Koeman’s failure to mention the incident in his post-match interview on Sky means the Dutchman feels the same.

Instead the manager focused on the referee’s performances, saying his side were unlucky not to get several decisions from the official, with the second incident surrounding Filip Djuricic one he felt should definitely have been given, according to Sky Sports.

“The fact Koeman never mentioned it in his interview on Sky makes me think he felt the same,” added Carragher.

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