Mignolet should have been sent off for tackle on Diouf


  • The speed of the tackle from Simon Mignolet endangered Mame Biram Diouf
  • Referee Martin Atkinson only issued a yellow card to the Liverpool goalkeeper 
  • Lee Mason, Neil Swarbrick and Graham Scott have made poor decisions this year

Graham Poll for the Daily Mail

Simon Mignolet should have been sent off for his first-half assault on Mame Biram Diouf in Liverpool’s win at Stoke.

The tackle alone warranted a red card, while others felt the denial of a goalscoring opportunity was the reason he had to go. 

Martin Atkinson, perhaps the most experienced referee on the select group list, decided that neither was valid and issued just a yellow card.

Simon Mignolet should have been sent off for this wild lunge on Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf

Simon Mignolet should have been sent off for this wild lunge on Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf

Simon Mignolet should have been sent off for this wild lunge on Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf

Looking at the tackle it is impossible not to conclude that the speed of the tackle, the height of the boot and Mignolet’s reckless attitude must have endangered Diouf’s safety.

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