Carlo Ancelotti has slammed the ‘joke’ determination to ship Lucas Digne off in Everton’s 2-Zero defeat to Southampton on Sunday.
The Toffees’ unbeaten begin to the season got here to an finish due to targets from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams.
And Everton left-back Digne was proven a straight purple card by referee Kevin Good friend for a poor deal with on Kyle Walker-Peters within the 72nd minute.
It’s the second dismissal in as many video games for Everton with Richarlison receiving his marching orders for a harmful problem on Thiago Alcantara in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool final weekend.
Pickford additionally confronted heavy criticism for his reckless deal with on Virgil van Dijk, who shall be sidelined for a minimum of six months with a critical knee damage.
Everton boss Ancelotti believes public outrage in the direction of Pickford and Richarlison ‘affected’ Good friend’s determination to dismiss Digne.
He stated: “The purple card was a joke, it was not intentional, for positive it was not violent.
“Perhaps all this speak all week towards Pickford, towards Richarlison, affected the choice and in that case it’s not proper, it’s not honest. We’ll enchantment, for positive.”
Sky Sports activities pundit Jamie Redknapp is anticipating Digne’s purple card to be overturned.
He stated: “With gamers, you don’t imply to injure one other participant, however that’s one the place it’s an accident.
“It’s a yellow card, get on with the sport. There’s not one participant that may say, ‘that’s a purple card’. I simply disagree.
“I actually hope the authorities have a look at it and go ‘it’s not a purple card’. He’s value his group to a sure extent. That must be overturned and we are able to all get on with it.
“If we’re attending to a stage the place that’s a purple card, the sport is formally gone.
In the meantime, Kieron Dyer ‘felt sorry’ for Digne following his dismissal.
He stated: “He tried to make a tactical foul first off. He [Walker-Peters] rides the deal with.
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“I really feel sorry for him there as a result of he form of like provides up the chase.
“He places his arms up like, ‘okay you’ve executed me, I’m not going to foul you’ and he simply clips the again of his heels. I believed it was a really harsh sending off.
“Once you see it in sluggish movement, you possibly can see why he’s been despatched off. However there was no intent in any respect.”