Ex-Premier League referee Graham Poll gives verdict on Eric Dier escaping red card against Arsenal

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Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier was lucky to not be sent off against Arsenal.

Former Premier League and World Cup referee Graham Poll has told the Daily Mail that Tottenham's Eric Dier should have been sent off against Arsenal.

Tottenham and Arsenal played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday, as Alexis Sanchez's equaliser snatched a point for the Gunners after Harry Kane had put Spurs in front - and whilst the game was a great spectacle, controversy surrounding the post-match discussions.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin was sent off for two yellow cards early in the second half, enabling Spurs to come from an Aaron Ramsey goal down to equaliser through Toby Alderweireld, and then take the lead through Kane.

However, Arsenal fans feel that both teams should have ended the game with ten men, as Tottenham's Eric Dier was very lucky to escape a red card.

Dier had received a yellow card for tugging back Danny Welbeck on 74 minutes, and then pulled back Olivier Giroud too just five minutes later, which appeared to be worthy of a second yellow card - but surprisingly, referee Michael Oliver kept his cards in his pocket.

Now, former Premier League and World Cup referee Graham Poll has offered his verdict on the situation to the Daily Mail, stating that Dier should in fact have been sent off.

Poll also stated that referee Oliver did get the decision to send Coquelin off for Arsenal right, but can't understand how Dier avoided a red card in the second half.

"Michael Oliver allowed Tottenham’s Eric Dier to finish the game when he really should have been sent off for his second yellow card offence," said Poll. "Oliver had refereed an intriguing game really well and was absolutely correct to dismiss Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin for two stonewall yellow card offences."

"He was also spot on with Dier’s first yellow card and only he will know why he decided to let an equally clear offence to escape disciplinary sanction in the 79th minute which could have handed Arsenal the initiative for the closing stages," he added.

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