Noel Whelan has had his say on the red card given to Everton’s Lucas Digne against Southampton as he will now miss the trip to Newcastle today.
Indeed, the France international received a straight red card for a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters as the Toffees lost 2-0 at St Mary’s last weekend.
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Speaking to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker thought that the sending off was the right decision but was delighted that Digne’s ban was reduced from three games to one. He said:
“It’s a clumsy challenge, it wasn’t malicious but it was the right thing to do, the red card – it endangered the opponent.
“It was a lack of stride, I think – he slowed down, Digne was still going at the same pace, but it was a red card no matter what way you look at it. It’s unfortunate for Digne because he’s a fantastic left-back and someone that takes set-pieces as well.
“It wasn’t malicious, it wasn’t intentional. It is right, I’m glad they did that, you can see there’s no intention from Digne to hurt the player. I’m glad they changed it and saw sense.”
What has been the reaction to the Digne red card?
It is perhaps safe to say that there have been some fairly mixed reactions to the sending off to Digne.
Former Tottenham, Liverpool and Southampton midfielder Jamie Redknapp fumed at the decision as he strongly felt that it was not a red card offence, whereas commentator Ian Darke believed that it was the right decision.
Will Digne be missed against Newcastle?
Indeed, Digne may well be a big miss for the Merseyside club for their trip to St. James’ Park. The full-back has won a rather impressive 4.8 of his duels per game in the Premier League so far this term and has also averaged 3.5 clearances, 1.8 tackles, 1.8 key passes and one interception per game (Sofascore).
However, his absence from Carlo Ancelotti’s team may give Niels Nkounkou a chance to impress for the Blues in the left-back role; and if the 19-year-old is able to put in a good display, then the Toffees may be able to clinch all three points against the Magpies.
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