Peter Reid and Kevin Kilbane blast Funes Mori for red card

The Everton defender was sent off for a horror tackle on Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

Former Everton duo Peter Reid and Kevin Kilbane have blasted Ramiro Funes Mori for his sending off against Liverpool, via BBC Sport.

The Argentine was shown a straight red card in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday for a tackle on Divock Origi.

Replays showed he had deliberately stamped on the Belgian’s ankle, who was lucky not to suffer a break but had to leave the game on a stretcher nonetheless.

It was the darkest moment of a disastrous evening for the Blues, although Funes Mori was keen to show his passion for the club by kissing the badge as he left the field.

Former duo Kilbane and Reid were not impressed though, criticising him for the tackle, and his subsequent show of support.

"Ramiro Funes Mori goes over the top. It is bad challenge. A really bad one. Don't give me all that beating the badge - he has had a really bad game,” said Kilbane to BBC Sport.

“It's a really poor challenge. You can't condone anything like that,” added Reid.

“He should have thought about the badge when he was defending. It is a scandalous challenge and I just hope Divock Origi is OK."

Mori’s red card now leaves Everton in serious trouble as they get set to face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final on Saturday.

The Blues are now quite literally without a centre back, with Phil Jagielka a doubt, Mori suspended and John Stones having also exited the game with an illness.

That does not bode well, with it looking like their week could get a whole lot worse than it already is.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch