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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti blasts ‘joke’ decision to send off Lucas Digne

Lucas Digne is shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend after a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters

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Carlo Ancelotti insinuated Lucas Digne was red-carded as punishment after the significant reaction to Jordan Pickford’s non-sending off in last week’s Merseyside derby. The Everton manager confirmed the club would appeal the red for Digne.

The player clumsily fouled Kyle Walker-Peters from behind in the 72nd minute at St Mary’s Stadium. Speaking afterwards on Sky Sports, Ancelotti claimed: “The red card was a joke. It was not intentional. Maybe it could be a yellow but for sure it was not violent conduct.

“They could check better. Maybe all the rumours all week against (Jordan) Pickford, against Richarlison, affected the decision and if it is like this, it’s not right, it’s not fair. We will pray, for sure.”

“He did not have the intention to hurt the player, or to use violent conduct. It was not the right decision. To lose Digne for three games is too much. We didn’t complain about Richarlison. But here, we have to appeal, because this was not the right decision.

On the defeat itself, Ancelotti added: “We didn’t play well. Southampton were better than us and they deserved to win. We don’t have to be too disappointed. We are still at the top of the table, which is an unbelievable achievement for us. We have to try to stay there.”

Source: Daily Mail

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