The match was decently started, as both teams were busy seeking the opening goal in the first half of the match, when Everton's left back, Ben Godfrey went too far, as he stepped on Takehiro Tomiyasu's face.
When Ben Godfrey didn't get the ball off Takehiro Tomiyasu, he stepped on his face leaving boot marks on his face. However, the video assistant referee intervened and didn't gave Godfrey the red card but instead, he justified that, the act was just accidental. A foul should have been given in the end, but the referee just let the play go on.
In most cases, that would have been a foul and a yellow card, but the matter of fact is that, the referee never knew what happened untill the video assistant referee called him for a review.
Over a couple of years, players have been sent off for raising their boots high, above their opponent's head although it might be an accident but they'll still be shown the red card for such an act. In this case, Ben Godfrey should have been sent off as well, for his unsportsmanlike act on Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Remember that, not all fouls are deliberate, but there are some unintentional fouls that will make the receiver suffer horrific injuries, but in the recent Premier League matches, both the video assistant referee and the referee haven't been giving the right response to certain fouls but we can't change things, they're the final decision makers in the pitch.
Drop your opinion as a reader, share and like this article. Thank you for reading but remember to click on the follow up button below for more sports information and updates.
Content created and supplied by: Rutooo (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More