Mad managers and game-changing decisions | MUNDIAL MORNINGS

Last night’s Premier League fixtures both shared controversial moments that were determined by referees Andre Marriner and Mike Dean.

Manchester United fell short away from home to West Brom 1-0. The turning point in the game was the red card that Mike Dean handed to Juan Mata.

Mata was handed a second yellow card, only minutes after receiving his first. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal labelled Mata’s first booking as stupid and that Dean should have showed more discretion before sending off the Spaniard. 

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“You can do it according to the rules but I think the referee has to know the person doing it. I don’t think Mata has ever made bad tackles.

A referee has to decide within one second but when you know the player, Mata never hurts a player,” said van Gaal. 

Even the West Brom manager Tony Pulis agreed the foul on ex-United midfielder Darren Fletcher was the turning point in the game. 

“From where I was the second one looked a bit harsh, but I’ve just been told that he does catch Darren and obviously Mike has deemed it to be two yellows,” said Pulis. 

Crystal Palace fans are furious at Christian Benteke, after he supposedly conned referee Andre Marriner into giving a penalty to the reds. 

Fans are debating as to whether there was any contact made by Damien Delaney, but Crystal manager Alan Pardew is certain Benteke dived.

“I feel like we’ve been robbed. He certainly makes a big meal of it,” said Pardew. 

The 96th minute penalty decision was assisted by the linesman, who contributed to an indecisive Marriner. 

“You’ve got to be sure, particularly at that stage in the game, and he couldn’t have been sure. It’s a knee on the back of the foot. It’s hardly a touch. He made a big meal of it in my opinion.”

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By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)

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