"He got away with one.." Former Premier League referee on red card shout in Sheffield Wednesday's defeat to Norwich
A former Premier League referee believes Sheffield Wednesday may have been hard done by in one of the key moments of their 2-1 defeat to Norwich City on Sunday.
Mark Halsey, who spent 14 years adjudicating at Premier League level, told This Is Futbol he felt the decision to only give Canaries defender Ben Gibson a yellow card in the opening stages when he bundled over Josh Windass was a marginal one and that it could well have resulted in a red card.
He said: “I think if you look at it, it’s one of those where could you criticise the referee? Now obviously it’s subjective. As I said, you’ve got to look at the position that he’s in terms of the goal, the direction of play, looking at the likelihood of the player regaining control of the ball and the number and location of defenders in the vicinity.
“So, I think that’s a tough, tough call. Sheffield Wednesday fans and players will be calling for a red card, and Norwich players were happy with a yellow, but if you look at it, perhaps you could argue that he got away with one.”
Speaking after the game Wednesday manager Darren Moore was balanced in his summation of the incident, saying:
“If Josh had been able to pull it down and continue maybe he would have been able to get away a shot at goal, so we have to look at it as 50/50 in terms of that [whether it was a red card], but I’ve not seen it back.”