Liverpool fans have been left bemused after yet another example of the inconsistency of refereeing in the Premier League.
Anger amongst Reds was reignited on Monday night when West Ham’s Winston Reid avoided red after catching Huddersfield’s Steve Mounie in the face with a high-foot whilst contesting for the ball.
The challenge, ironically, came just days after Sadio Mane was sent off for a high challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, and a day after Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie was only given a yellow card for his high-boot on Swansea’s Alfie Mawson.
A both timely and untimely reminder, depending on how Reds choose to perceive it.
Two incidents have given those who opposed the Mane dismissal good reason to stand by their opinion, whilst also those who agreed with the red card reason to question the standard of refereeing. The kind of division that needs to be eradicated and the kind of division that will only be eradicated when there is more consistency.
Here’s how reds reacted…
Sadio Mane: sent off.
Matt Ritchie: booked.
Winston Reid: not even booked.
Question to refs: where is your consistency? pic.twitter.com/DQuqfevSjc
— Rado Chmiel (@RadoChmiel) September 11, 2017
— astleyscouser (@PerrettSteven) September 11, 2017
Winston Reid not getting even a yellow for that then 🙄 kicked him in the head 🤔
— JFT96 (@adamfordlfc) September 11, 2017
— Burak Sezgin (@Burakiosaurus) September 11, 2017
— TheBillShanklyBoys (@BillShanklyBoys) September 11, 2017
Sadio Mane high foot = red card
Matt Ritchie high foot = yellow card
Winston Reid high foot = no card
— Kristian Johnson (@kristianj23) September 11, 2017
— Dave Harrison (@DHarrison200) September 11, 2017
Winston Reid should be off there. Does exactly the same thing as Mané. Consistency, absolute joke😡
— Dan (@danghorbal) September 11, 2017
By the letter of the law. Winston Reid should b off. Joke of a rule. Unless there is intent it should nvr b a sending off #WHUHUD
— David Wilson (@DavieTheBuddie) September 11, 2017