When asked about Casemiro’s red card for Manchester United on Sunday, Southampton manager Ruben Selles claimed it was a waste of time to criticize the officials.
The VAR-assisted dismissal was a major turning point in the Old Trafford battle, forcing United to settle for a share of the spoils. Anthony Taylor first showed Casemiro a yellow card for a challenge on Carlos Alcaraz.
Taylor, on the other hand, was summoned to the monitor and, after some thought, opted to elevate the booking to a straight red. Erik ten Hag criticized the officials’ decision-making after the game.
He stated: “What I see as inconsistency is that players no longer know what the policy is. We saw that in the Premier League yesterday: Leicester-Chelsea, where VAR was not used.
“It’s going to be on the line today. Then there are two penalty scenarios, but they are not on the line.
“It was apparent and obvious handball, especially in the first one, so what is the policy?” The Dutchman went on to say: “Casemiro has never received a red card in over 500 European appearances. He now has two.
“Consider that. He is tough, yet he is fair.
“And, again, he’s playing fairly, as he did against Crystal Palace, so it’s debatable. Everyone who knows anything about football knows that when you freeze it, it looks horrible.
“But anyone who knows anything about football, who has worked on top teams, knows what is horrible, what isn’t bad, and what is fair. And believe me when I say that Casemiro is a really fair player. Fair yet difficult.”
When asked about the authorities, Selles was much more courteous when speaking to Hampshire Live at full-time. He stated: “I took a look at it, but I’m not going to comment on the referee’s performance.
“I believe it is a waste of time. The referee makes a decision, sometimes it goes in your favor, sometimes it doesn’t, and that’s the end of it.”