Diogo Dalot’s Red Card Stems from Puzzling ‘Double Dissent’ Violation, Leaving Onlookers Bewildered
In the waning moments of Manchester United‘s goalless draw at Liverpool, Diogo Dalot found himself subject to a peculiar red card under the adjudication of referee Michael Oliver. The dismissal occurred mere seconds before the conclusion of Sunday’s Premier League encounter at Anfield.
Despite Liverpool entering the match as formidable favorites, they encountered difficulty in fashioning clear-cut opportunities against Erik ten Hag’s resolute side. Jurgen Klopp’s team, characterized by profligacy, largely resorted to long-range attempts in what proved to be a vexing contest for the home side.
In the first half, Darwin Nunez, through a sequence of actions, seemingly committed three bookable offenses in rapid succession but fortuitously avoided a red card.
Curiously, it was Manchester United who concluded the match with ten players, as Dalot received his marching orders from Oliver late in the game. The decisive incident unfolded in the third minute of added time during the second half when Dalot contested with Mohamed Salah for the ball. Despite indications that the ball had last touched Salah before going out of play, Liverpool was awarded a throw-in in a perilous area.
This decision sparked Dalot’s ire, prompting him to vocalize his discontent toward the referee. Initially shown a yellow card, Dalot’s frustration persisted, leading to a second yellow for dissent.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, expressed complete bewilderment at the referee’s decision, a sentiment shared by defender Raphael Varane, who appeared visibly stunned.
Despite finishing with ten men, Manchester United resiliently secured a crucial point on the road. The team currently occupies the seventh position, trailing the top four by six points. Liverpool, on the other hand, now sits in second place, trailing new league leaders Arsenal by a single point following Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Brighton earlier in the day.