Ref Review: Mo Salah yellow card was stonewall decision of weekend

Date published: Tuesday 8th May 2018 1:40 - Matthew Briggs

A Mohamed Salah booking and a dubious winning goal against Manchester United all under the microscope in Ref Review.


Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.


Marouane Fellaini offside v Brighton 

Big Fellaini, all revved up after that late winner against Arsenal last week, stretched out one of those elastic legs of his and turned home Marcus Rashford’s fizzing ball into the Brighton box.

But the Belgian – out of contract at the end of the season but looking for a new deal – was denied as the flag popped up on the far side. He was at least a few of yards too eager. Good call.

Verdict: Correct decision 


Brighton goal v Manchester United 

Although it was no less than Brighton deserved on the night, their decisive goal was highly contentious. An inviting centre was pawed onto the head of Pascal Gross by David De Gea at the Amex.

The German’s goal bound header was booted clear from right under his own bar by Marcos Rojo, but referee Craig Pawson’s watch beeped and the goal was given. Replays confirmed it was the right shout. Just. Interestingly, the goal would probably have been ruled out without the aid of technology.

Verdict: Correct decision 


Aaron Cresswell yellow card v Leicester City

Cresswell was booked after stumbling while chasing back against Jamie Vardy and handling the ball. Vardy wanted a penalty after claiming the West Ham man handled in the box. The ref rightly only gave a free-kick (it was outside the area) but there’s a case to be made that the card should have been red too, given it was deliberate handball and the fact Vardy would have been through kB goal.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Watford penalty v Newcastle United

Paul Dummett upended the lively Andre Gray in the box after an even foot race at Vicarage Road, only for the normally dependable Troy Deeney to let the north east side off the hook by making a mess of the resulting spot-kick.

Verdict: Correct decision 


Maya Yoshida red card v Everton 

Saints defender Maya Yoshida was sent off in the 85th minute after a clumsy challenge that resulted in his second yellow card of the day. He left the ref with little choice really and left Saints with ten men for ten minutes plus stoppage time.

Verdict: Correct decision 


Everton goal v Southampton 

Mark Hughes was scathing of the officials post-match, claiming Everton’s equaliser was dubious as a free-kick Southampton were afforded was taken in the wrong place and taken too quickly, not allowing his team sufficient time to get organised defensively. He had a case to be fair.

Verdict: Correct decision 


Mohamed Salah yellow card v Chelsea 

It’s been fabulous season for Salah, but the Egyptian king didn’t cover himself in glory here. Towards the end of the first half at Stamford Bridge, Salah was booked for a rather obvious dive, after nipping the ball past Gary Cahill. Cahill didn’t seem too impressed, but ref Anthony Taylor was right on the spot and didn’t hesitate to pull out the yellow.

Verdict: Correct decision 


Team most likely to feel brassed off award 

The Saints worked their socks off on Merseyside and on another day might have gone home with three points instead of just one. They had a man sent off and conceded a controversial goal in stoppage time. Mark Hughes was furious and even though he’d have probably settled for a point before the game he’ll have been devastated that his side could not see the game out.

Stonewall decision of the week 

Salah yellow card 

Darling of the masses Mo Salah can do no wrong in the eyes of Liverpool fans, but even the most ardent Red would struggle to make a case for him not being booked for simulation at the Bridge.

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