Former Premier League referee Mike Dean has called out Sofyan Amrabat for “overreacting for no reason” after a tough challenge from Phil Foden in the Manchester derby. Old Trafford played host to the latest derby in Manchester with strong tackles flying in from both sides.
Manchester United were on the back foot after Erling Haaland’s penalty gave Manchester City the lead midway through the first half. It turned into a scruffy finish to the first half with both teams struggling to build up much rhythm with tackles flying in.
Both Amrabat and Foden overstepped the mark towards the end of the half after the latter fouled his rival. Amrabat was furious and confronted Foden with both players butting heads before being dragged away.
Referee Paul Tierney booked both players for being unable to control themselves and Dean agreed with the decision.
“Amrabat just overreacted for no reason,” Dean said on Sky Sports. “It was two silly cautions really and they have to be careful for the rest of the game.”
The former Premier League official also agreed with the decision to award City their penalty earlier in the half. Rasmus Hojlund was adjudged to have pulled down Rodri in the box with many split on whether it was the correct call.
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Gary Neville, Micah Richards and Jamie Carragher all argued it was “soft”, but Dean felt there was no doubt of a penalty being given. He said: “I have had two looks at it on my screen and as he’s gone to get the ball, Hojlund clearly has a hand around his stomach – he’s definitely stopped the player getting to the ball.
“I think even from both angles we can see that there is a clear hold and he’s stopping Rodri from getting to the ball.” He added: “It’s the correct decision in my opinion, 100 per cent.”
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