Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has given his say on Mohammed Salisu’s red card during Tottenham’s clash against Southampton.
Spurs went into the Premier League fixture at Saint Mary’s in excellent form, winning four of their last five league fixtures as they sat fifth in the table, six points behind local rivals Arsenal with three games in hand.
Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse broke the deadlock in the 25th minute with an excellent effort using the outside of his foot before Salisu received his matching order after referee Anthony Taylor handed the Ghanaian his second yellow card for bringing Son Heung-Min down in the penalty area.
Harry Kane eventually converted the spot-kick before the England captain’s second-half effort was disallowed due to a marginal offside call by VAR.
However, Clattenburg claimed that the Saints were unlucky to find themselves down to ten men, arguing that Salisu’s first yellow card was a harsh decision from Taylor.
Speaking on Amazon Prime, the former top-flight official said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt it’s a penalty kick. Once Son gets in on goal it’s a rash challenge it’s not a goalscoring opportunity now with the law change. It’s a genuine attempt at the ball.
“So clearly it’s a yellow card. However, there is a dispute on his first yellow card.
“For me Anthony Taylor issued the first yellow card. There’s an argument that there was a potential handball. It certainly hit the hand of the Tottenham player, as the challenge came in on the first yellow card. For me that call was extremely harsh.”
Source by Football London