FURIOUS Jan Bednarek claimed Anthony Martial admitted there was “not a foul” as video replays handed Manchester United a penalty and Southampton their second red card of a 9-0 mauling.
Alexandre Jankewitz’s second-minute dismissal won little sympathy but Bednarek’s late sending-off was compared to David Luiz’s controversial red card earlier on the same night for Arsenal.
Southampton defender Jan Bednarek can’t believe his sending-off for a foul on two-goal sub Anthony Martial in Man Utd’s 9-0 win Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Referee Mike Dean watches replays before deciding the controversial fate of Jan Bednarek in a devastating defeat for SouthamptonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Referee Mike Dean studied video replays before awarding a spot-kick for a trip on two-goal sub Anthony Martial from which Bruno Fernandes made it 7-0 in the 87th minute.
Sent-off Bednarek remonstrated bitterly as he was led away down the Old Trafford tunnel.
Turning and raising his arms, the Saints defender exclaimed: “Martial said it’s not a foul!”
The Pole received strong support from two former Liverpool and England strikers turned pundits.
Michael Owen tweeted: “That absolutely sums things up. The best thing is it hardly matters. But if that’s a pen then the game has officially gone.
“Biggest example of a dive I’ve seen in ages. Shambles.”
And Peter Crouch posted: “Is he not trying to get out of the way?”
But noting United‘s record-breaking win, and the fact the penalty sparked three late goals, Crouch joked of Southampton “They could have got back into it without that.”
Saints’ centre-back Jan Bednarek feels he was hard done by to see red and claims Man Utd star Anthony Martial admitted as much to himCredit: Enterprise News and Pictures
Unsurprisingly, though, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer focused instead on the home side’s exhilarating spree.
He said: “We have been waiting for them to show the magic but that was a night they could go and enjoy.
“We haven’t had too many of those, where I can just sit down in the second half and enjoy the football.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Luiz slammed his “unbelievable” red card as Wolves recovered to beat the nine-man Gunners 2-1 at Molineux.
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Ruben Neves levelled from the spot and Joao Moutinho soon smashed Wolves’ brilliant 30-yard winner.
Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno then saw red for handling outside his area.