Gary Neville has claimed that Josh Brownhill’s challenge on Richarlison, during Everton’s 3-1 win against Burnley, was an ‘absolute mirror’ of the tackle on Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott at Leeds on Sunday, as he told Sky Sports.
Leeds United’s Pascal Struijk was shown a straight red card for his challenge on the Liverpool teenager, but Brownhill’s one on the Everton forward went without a card being shown and only a foul given.
Many felt that it was harsh that Struijk was given his marching orders, with Elliott stating himself that the Leeds man shouldn’t have been shown a red, as posted on his Instagram.
Judging by that then, Leeds fans should be expecting Struijk’s red card to be overturned.
If not then there will be some serious debate about the consistencies of officiating, which has been praised during the early stages of the new season.
And Neville, who highlighted the Liverpool youngster yesterday, shared his thoughts on Brownhill’s tackle, which came from behind during the first few minutes of yesterday’s encounter.
“This is an absolute mirror on young Harvey Elliott yesterday,” said Neville. “Absolute mirror. There is nothing different to it.
“It’s exactly the same. It’s not even a yellow card. He gives a foul. I would accept a yellow. But it’s definitely not a red card.
“So, on that particular challenge, I am happy with no yellow, but I would also accept no yellow and I wouldn’t think that was a bad refereeing decision. That’s not a red card, for me.”
Given that the on-field referee and VAR at Elland Road sent Struijk off, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they don’t actually overturn their weekend call.
And if that’s the case then it will cause some serious debate.
Like yesterday’s challenge, it will then be compared to Struijk’s and it will set a bar that will cause a lot of issues.
The best thing here is to overturn the Leeds player’s ban and that will be praised by the wider football public.
But, unfortunately, those running the ship in the referee’s office find that hard to do.