Red Card or Not: Craig Pawson and Gaston Ramirez
Referee Craig Pawson didn’t have a cracker at Hull v. Tottenham today. I thought he was quite inconsistent, letting things go and then calling the same thing two plays later.
The players were rightly frustrated with him.
But I have to say, I think he got the Gaston Ramirez red card right.
Basically, Ramirez was covering Big Jan Vertonghen (who is, admittedly, just insufferable). After the play ended, Vertonghen pushed Ramirez’ leg away from him.
Ramirez responded by hooking his legs around Vertonghen from behind, bringing him down.
In fact, if you watch the video above closely, he even appears to strike out with his fist at Jan’s backside. (I say ‘appears’, but you can see Vertonghen’s jersey moved; Ramirez definitely hit him.)
That’s pretty clear violent conduct, to me, and Pawson was within his rights to remove Ramirez. Could he have been lenient – particularly given the way he was calling this game? Sure. But that doesn’t mean the call was wrong.
I’m with the referee on this one.
Update: NBC continues to do its American audience a disservice with their coverage of referees. The talking heads are droning on and on about how it wasn’t a red card and it should have been a yellow and it will be overturned. But they’re only showing the front view, not the view I have above where Ramirez clearly strikes out with his fist. You can’t see the arm lash out from the front (which is why the call was made by an AR, and not Pawson, because the AR could see what really happened).
And no, NBC, once FA sees the above that red card and suspension will not be overturned. Sorry.
What do you think?