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'What Is The Policy?' ETH Fumes At Casemiro Red & No-Penalty Call

'What Is The Policy?' ETH Fumes At Casemiro Red & No-Penalty Call

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag slammed the decision to send off Casemiro in Sunday’s 0- 0home draw with Southampton.

United were forced to play a man down for almost an hour in the clash following the Brazilian midfielder’s first-half dismissal for a studs-up challenge on Southampton’s Carlos Alcaraz.

Referee Anthony Taylor consulted with VAR Andre Marriner, having initially yellow carded Casemiro, upgrading the decision to a red.

Casemiro will miss four games, having been sent off in February during a scuffle against Crystal Palace.

Sunday’s decision left Ten Hag incensed, claiming the referee got it wrong, pointing to Casemiro’s clean record prior to this season.

“Casemiro played over 500 games in Europe and never once got a red card. Now he has two in the Premier League,” he said to Sky Sports.

“His absence is not the issue. We will deal with that. This game was influenced by the referee.”

He added: “Everyone knows something about football when you freeze it looks bad, but everyone knows something knows what is bad. Casemiro is a really fair player, tough but fair.”

Ten Hag was also disappointed with the referee’s decision not to award his side a penalty for a Armel Bella-Kotchap handball from Marcus Rashford’s cross.

“What I think is the inconsistency, players don’t know anymore what is the policy,” Ten Hag said.

“I think, all across, you see this weekend Leicester versus Chelsea, VAR is not coming on the line.

“Today, it is coming on the line, and today two penalty situations, they don’t come on the line. I think especially the first, it is clear and obvious handball. So, what is the policy?”

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