Liverpool Football Club has decided to appeal the red card received by Curtis Jones during their contentious loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Jones, the Reds midfielder, was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Spurs’ Yves Bissouma. However, still images of the incident have sparked debate, with many arguing that the tackle appeared more severe in the still image than it was in reality.
Despite the controversy surrounding the incident, referee Simon Hooper consulted the on-field monitor and made the decision to send off Jones. If the appeal is unsuccessful, Jones will miss Liverpool’s upcoming match against Brighton on Sunday. This compounds Liverpool’s disciplinary woes, as Diogo Jota is also suspended following his red card in the Tottenham game.
Liverpool is also facing the potential absence of forward Cody Gakpo, who sustained a knee injury during the match in north London.
Several pundits, including former players Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp, have voiced their support for Jones and believe that the red card was harsh. Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, stated that Jones’ challenge appeared “genuine” and that he did not intend to harm Bissouma. He argued that the still image made the tackle look worse than it actually was, emphasizing that Jones slipped while attempting to make a tackle and did not have malicious intent.
Redknapp echoed Neville’s sentiments, describing the sending off as “extremely harsh.” He argued that Jones did not mean to harm Bissouma and that the tackle should not warrant a red card.
Jones’ red card was just one of several controversial decisions during the match. The disallowed goal by Luis Diaz in the first half due to an incorrect offside call, with VAR failing to intervene despite the player being onside, has drawn significant criticism. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has already offered an apology for the “significant human error” and has suspended the two VAR officials involved in the incident.
Liverpool, in response to the apology, released a statement expressing their dissatisfaction with attributing the mistake to human error alone. The club demanded further investigation and resolution of the matter, considering it “unacceptable” to solely blame human error.
Liverpool’s decision to appeal Jones’ red card showcases their determination to contest what they believe was an unjust decision that could have a significant impact on their upcoming fixtures. The appeal process will shed further light on the incident and determine whether Jones’ suspension will be overturned or upheld.