Man United decide against Casemiro red card appeal

Manchester United have decided not to appeal against Casemiro’s dismissal in Sunday’s Premier League draw with Southampton.

The Brazilian was shown a red card by referee Anthony Taylor after a challenge on Southampton’s Charly Alcaraz in the first-half of the game at Old Trafford.

Casemiro slid in to try and win the ball but caught Alcaraz above the ankle with Taylor initially adjudging the tackle to be worthy of a yellow card.

However, after being advised to review the incident on the pitch-side monitor he upgraded it a red.

It is the second dismissal of the season for Casemiro after he was also sent off after clashing with Crystal Palace midfielder Will Hughes during their league game on February 4.

In that incident Casemiro grabbed Hughes by the throat and, following a VAR review, was dismissed.

Given the infringement constituted violent conduct he was subsequently banned for three matches.

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A second red card in the same season is punished with a four-game suspension.

The club decided against lodging an appeal as they believe there was not a high chance of it being successful.

Casemiro will now miss the FA Cup quarter-final with Fulham next weekend before Premier League fixtures with Newcastle, Brentford and Everton.

He will be eligible to return against Nottingham Forest on April 15.

Erik ten Hag felt his player was unlucky.

“It is inconsistent,” he said after the game. “The referees are coming at the start of the season with a policy: we are the Premier League, we want intensity and Casemiro, across European games, over 500, he never had a red card but now, twice. He plays tough but he’s fair.

“Same as against Crystal Palace, so it’s very debatable. When you freeze it [Sunday’s challenge], it looks bad. Everyone who knows something about football, knows what is bad, what is fair and Casemiro is a fair player. Tough, but fair, and it shows over 500 games in big leagues and he was never sent off. He’s disappointed.”

Manchester United return to action against Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday.

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