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11th Sep 2017

Gary Neville’s prediction following Sadio Mane’s sending off comes true

All the rage

Ben Kiely

Don’t say Gary Neville didn’t warn you.

When Sadio Mane was shown a straight red card after his high boot tackle on Ederson during Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, Gary Neville argued the challenge wasn’t worthy of the punishment.

After the game, he predicted that the incident would create confusion for referees going forward regarding how high-footed fouls should be punished.

He claimed that regardless of what side of the argument everyone fell on the Mane foul, it would open up a can of worms in terms of officiating.

Remarkably, he has been proving to be correct not once, but twice asΒ Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie only received a yellow card after colliding with Alfie Mawson in a very similar incident.

Ritchie quickly pleaded his case to the referee that he was going for the ball, and he remained on the pitch to see his team score a 1-0 away win on Sunday.

Then, on Monday night, West Ham’s Winston Reid was involved in another similar incident with Huddersfield’s SteveΒ Mounie. During a midfield tussle, Reid’s boot connected with Mounie’s face. It was unintentional, Mounie required a little bit of attention, but was able to play on.

No card was shown by the referee.

Just as Neville predicted, a lot of fans were left wondering what exactly Mane did that was so different.

Mounie may have felt a little hard done by, but at least he emerged from the situation relatively unscathed.

The same cannot be said for Ederson, whose face bears a nasty mark from Mane’s boot.