Many of you will have tuned into the excellent Ref Cam report on the Manchester City v Liverpool game produced by Guy Beale. If not you can go into Ref Cam and pull out the game in our archive file and read it.
Read Keith’s opinion piece in The Telegraph – Jurgen Klopp cannot complain about Sadio Mane’s red card – but inconsistency over high tackles must leave him livid.
Like the referee of this encounter Jon Moss, Guy had to deal with the challenge by Liverpool’s Saido Mane on the Manchester City goalkeeper Edison. Jon Moss to his credit was in a great position and demonstrated how to use the appropriate process to come to his decision. His position achieved by good game reading and anticipation ensured that he was able to see, recognise, think and act.
He used his experience by giving himself some thinking time before producing a correct red card. During that process there was movement towards his right hand pocket that contained the yellow card, however it was his left hand that reached into his pocket to produce the red card that counted.
Frankly I do think that the PGMOL should be taking a tour on the road to all the professional clubs to highlight to the modern player and the club the laws of the game. Players have a duty of care towards their opponents and this along with the law needs to be emphasised to them, With greater knowledge we might see a reduction in the risk of players been seriously injured.
Several years ago the word intent was taken out of the Laws Of The Game and I make no excuse for highlighting the law. When you read it you will see how Jon Moss to his credit was spot on in producing a red card.
SERIOUS FOUL PLAY
A tackle or challenge that endangers the safety of an opponent or uses excessive force or brutality MUST be sanctioned as SERIOUS FOUL PLAY (RED CARD),
Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball using one or both legs, with excessive force or endangers the safety of an opponent is GUILTY OF SERIOUS FOUL PLAY (RED CARD).
So you can see that Jon Moss interpreted the law correctly. Incidentally for clarification I have added the law on:
Violent Conduct is when a player uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball regardless of whether contact is made.
In addition, a player who, when not challenging for the ball, deliberately strikes an opponent or any other person on the head or face with the hand or arm, is guilty of violent conduct unless the force used was negligible.
So Jon Moss this week you earn the praise from the team at You Are The Ref.