Casemiro’s Red Card: De Gea Advocates for Refereeing Protocol

    David de Gea urged referees for ‘more consistency’ after Manchester United sent off Casemiro in a 0-0 draw against Southampton.

    United have failed to return to winning ways in the Premier League after a 7-0 thrashing of Liverpool last week.

    They played most of their home game against a lower division club, especially after Casemiro became the first United player to receive two red cards in the same league season since Nemanja Vidić in 2013-14.

    Casemiro was initially cautioned by Anthony Taylor for challenging Carlos Alcaraz, but the VAR instructed the referee to consult a fieldside observer.

    After watching replays showing Casemiro running over the ball and driving his spikes high into Alcaraz’s leg, Taylor changed his mind and flashed the Brazilian midfielder red.

    United scored a point despite Southampton landing 17 shots and De Gea being called to action several times to keep his clean sheet.

    In an interview with Sky Sports, De Gea said: “Today we need to win, but the game changed when we lost a man in the team.

    “We tried our best to score, but it was difficult. They had moments, but in the end we showed a good team spirit. We must accept the point and keep going.

    “I think Casemiro is unlucky. He tried to touch the ball and his foot was high. I think the judges need to be more consistent. Sometimes they show a red card and sometimes they don’t.”

    Casemiro will now miss the next four home matches for United. He will be unavailable in the FA Cup quarter-finals against Fulham and in Premier League fixtures against Newcastle United, Brentford and Everton.

    “It’s going to be tough, he’s a big player,” De Gea said. “We will miss him by four games, but we have a big squad. We have players who come off the bench and they are doing well. We will continue to work hard.”

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