August 1, 2021

Mike Dean & VAR face backlash again after controversial red card for Soucek

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Mike Dean & VAR face backlash again after controversial red card for Soucek | Goal.com

West Ham United

19:43 GMT 06/02/2021

Tomas Soucek Mike Dean 2020-21

The Czech Republic man was shown a red card after a tangle with Aleksandar Mitrovic

Tomas Soucek was controversially sent off during West Ham’s London derby draw with Fulham.

The Czech Republic midfielder was lining up to attack a free-kick on the edge of the Fulham box when he tangled with Cottagers striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Soucek was trying to create space that was being denied to him by Mitrobvic, and in a bid to get a yard of clearance he caught the Fulham man with his arm.

There did not look to be any intent, it appeared to be a case of him keeping the Fulham forward clear of him, but referee Mike Dean was summoned to the touchline camera by the VAR.

Dean took some time before returning to the pitch and brandishing a red card to the bewildered West Ham man.

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