Graham Poll for the Daily Mail
Players, pundits and fans like incidents to be clear, right or wrong, black or white.
The issue is that most contentious ones are shades of grey; particularly when viewed once at full speed.
That is why many referees don’t make decisions saying they are unsure or unsighted. Mike Dean is not such a referee. He makes decisions and as a result he has awarded more penalties than any of his colleagues.
Nathan Redmond reacts after being shown a red card by Premier League official Mike Dean
The Southampton winger was shown a red card for bringing down Dele Alli in the penalty box
Dean was absolutely right to dismiss Southampton’s Nathan Redmond for his deliberate foul that denied Tottenham an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
There was a clear pull by Redmond on Dele Alli which caused the Spurs player to lose balance. That first contact was outside the penalty area; the final one as Redmond fell into the back of Alli was inside.
The law covering this was changed at the start of the season and stated that only deliberate fouls which denied goal scoring opportunities would result in a red card and that an ‘accidental’ foul would now only result in a yellow card.
The question remains as to what is deliberate and what is accidental. Referees would generally say if the ball is able to be played and the tackler is clearly trying to play it then that constitutes an ‘accidental’ foul.
Redmond couldn’t play the ball, committed a foul and denied Alli the opportunity to score and so was rightly dismissed.
Redmond received his marching orders with the scoreline 2-1 to Tottenham on Wednesday