As Liverpool move to appeal Alexis Mac Allister’s controversial red card against Bournemouth, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has supported their case.
Mac Allister was dismissed for a soft challenge on Ryan Christie in the 3-1 win, a decision that was not overturned by VAR. Liverpool now risk losing the midfielder for three games.
However, the club have notified the FA of their intention to appeal the sending off. And Gallagher believes they have grounds to do so.
Speaking on Sky Sports, he explained: “I think the problem here is the referee thinks it’s a high tackle, but it only becomes a high tackle because both players are off the ground.”
“If his foot was on the ground and he still catches him in the same place, it’s not a high tackle. Not a red card for me.”
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Asked if Liverpool should appeal, Gallagher responded: “They would have to convince the panel it was a clear and obvious error by the referee.”
Upon reviewing the footage, Mac Allister’s challenge did not appear worthy of a straight red. But ex-ref Mike Dean felt it was “not a wrong decision”, citing the raised boot despite little force.
Liverpool will argue the decision was excessive and hope to have their No. 10 available for a big clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
Gallagher believes they have grounds for appeal based on the nature of the tackle. Now it’s up to the FA to decide whether to overturn the questionable call.