Mark Halsey has claimed that the last thing Mike Dean will have wanted was to send off West Brom defender Semi Ajayi against Burnley.
Dean has been highly-criticised this month and was even taken off the Premier League schedule after being sent threats to his family.
This was his first game back after that, and former official, Halsey has claimed that Dean would have cautioned Ajayi if he had seen the incident clearly.
That would have stopped VAR from getting involved, but after that happened, Halsey admitted that Dean had no chance but to send Ajayi off at Turf Moor.
“I think had Mike Dean seen that incident, I think Mike Dean would have cautioned the player,” he told This is Futbol.
“The last thing Mike Dean wants in that situation just coming back after having verbal abuse to him and his family, that’s the last thing Mike wanted was another red card because that’s three in three games.
“I think with him missing it, it gave the opportunity for VAR and Michael Oliver to get involved because it was a clear and obvious error. But, once he was called over to the monitor he was always going to come back and send the West Bromwich Albion player off.”
This definitely makes sense.
We do have to say that there weren’t any major complaints from us, with Ajayi simply caught out by the bounce of the ball with Matej Vydra ready to pounce.
Looking back though, the response of the Baggies was excellent, and we still should have left Turf Moor with all three points after missing numerous chances.
There have been decisions that have been ludicrous this season, but this is one of those where Ajayi will have to hold his hands up and take the punishment.
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