Southampton appeal Sadio Mane red card against Stoke

14 Mar

Southampton have appealed against the red card shown to Sadio Mane during Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League victory at Stoke.


The Saints forward was sent off by referee Lee Mason in the closing stages after an accidental mid-air clash with Erik Pieters.

Mane was given a straight red card after appearing to catch the Potters defender with his elbow having mistimed a jump to challenge for the ball.

The decision appeared harsh, particularly given Mane kept his eyes on the ball.

Manager Ronald Koeman indicated the club’s intention to appeal after the game, and now the club have confirmed they have alunched an appeal to overturn his subsequent match ban.

Southampton FC can confirm we have lodged an appeal against the red card shown to Sadio Mane at Stoke on Saturday,” the club tweeted on Monday.

Southampton were also unfortunate when Mason denied Dusan Tadic what appeared a penalty following a challenge from Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.

A Football Association spokesman said Mane’s appeal will be heard on Tuesday afternoon.

Mane’s red card was the Saints’ sixth of the season, the highest total for any Premier League team.

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