BBC pundit and former Tottenham player Garth Crooks shared his thoughts on Leicester City 9-0 win over Southampton.
In the first minutes of the Friday’s match, Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand received a red card as the England international had dived in, planting his studs onto the Ayoze Perez’s shin, which was checked by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
However, Crooks didn’t seem to agree with that decision:
"I thought at the time the sending-off Ryan Bertrand was a harsh decision but when I discovered Mike 'clever clogs' Dean was behind VAR in the Southampton versus Leicester fixture I wasn't surprised," he wrote in his latest BBC column.
"Anyone who has played football at any level, and especially in the conditions both teams had to contend with, would have made allowances for the players. There wasn't one pundit in the BBC Match of the Day studio or anyone on the pitch at St Mary's who would have sent Bertrand off for the challenge on Perez. And why? Because they recognised and understood the conditions. The long-held tradition in football that the referee's decision is final is no longer the case. Andre Marriner gave Leicester the advantage by letting play run on and they took it. To punish the Saints further with the ultimate sanction and a sending-off, as opposed to a booking, was double jeopardy and, in my view, not in the spirit of the game."
After Friday’s win over Southampton, Leicester carries on in the 3rd position of the Premier League table with total 20 points.