Graeme Souness delivers verdict on Jarrad Branthwaite red card in Everton v Brentford
Graeme Souness believes it was the right decision for Jarrad Branthwaite to be sent off as Everton lost to Brentford at Goodison Park on Sunday (15 May).
Branthwaite, 19, was shown a straight red card by Michael Oliver after he denied Ivan Toney of a clear goalscoring opportunity.
The young defender was filling in for the ill Michael Keane but his third Premier League start of the season lasted just 18 minutes.
“I think the young fellow there has a decision to make but it all happened too quickly for him,”
said Souness on Sky Sports Main Event on Sunday (15 May, 05:25pm).
Souness added: “Branthwaite just has to let him go because he’s just got the wrong side of him.
“He has to let him go because he risks everything and that’s exactly what panned out.
“It cost him a red card.”
Everton were 1-0 up when Branthwaite was sent for an early bath and ended up losing the game 3-2.
Salomon Rondon was also sent off.
Branthwaite’s challenge was worthy of a red card but Oliver – and VAR – failed to spot a clear foul on Richarlison at the other end of the pitch.
Kristoffer Ajer almost pulled Richarlison’s shirt off his body when he grabbed the Brazilian’s jersey, moments before the ball was launched forward for Toney to be felled by Branthwaite.
If VAR and the laws of the game were being used correctly, Oliver would have reversed his decision to send Branthwaite off and pull play back to award the Toffees a penalty.
That would have been game-changing because Everton could have gone 2-0 up and would have also had 11 men on the pitch.
And if they went on to win the game, Everton would be safe from relegation.
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