Garth Crooks was left in a state of disbelief at the lack of action taken against Brighton’s Robert Sanchez after the shostopper clattered Luis Diaz at the weekend.
Intercepting the Colombian in a bid to clear a lofted ball, the Spaniard completely missed his target, with his high challenge leaving the attacker in a heap on the turf.
“Fortunately for Diaz he escaped serious injury, having shown immense bravery, after what can only be described as the most diabolical challenge by Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez,” the former Tottenham star wrote for BBC Sport. “How Mike Dean, a referee who seems to take pride in holding the record number of sending’s off, inexplicably allowed Sanchez to remain on the pitch only compounds my theory that he knows everything about the rules but cannot distinguish between what is reckless and what is not.”
The Seagulls’ No.1 was let off the hook without any form of punishment from Mike Dean, a decision that was not corrected by VAR.
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There was a strong suspicion held amongst fans on the Twittersphere that some leniency had been shown to Sanchez after Diaz opened the scoring at the Amex Stadium.
Regardless, it raises uncomfortable questions about whether this will set a precedent for the kind of challenges ‘keepers are allowed to get away with in future.
Given we’ve already had one key man relatively recently ruled out for a season as a result of a reckless challenge, it’s a level of leniency that could result in serious harm down the line.
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mike dean poor manager has his agendas
You really need to get over this eternal victim nonsense.
Garth Crooks made the comment and it has been reported here with respect to the wider implications of player safety irrespective of the club they play for.
Do you not grasp this simple concept?
Your hatred will eat you from inside – you are self harming!