The first time you saw Paul Dummett’s challenge on Luis Suarez at Anfield, I’m guessing you thought that it warranted a red card - me too.
The collision between the two players was forceful and the respective reactions seemed to suggest that Dummett had been reckless or put his opponent in danger.
When the incident is slowed down, however, it looks very different:
The still above shows the point of contact and quite obviously Dummett is doing nothing wrong - his studs aren’t showing, he hasn’t left the ground, and he isn’t putting Suarez unnecessarily at risk. Basically, none of the red flags which usually prompt a dismissal are evident.
What Dowd sees is this:
By this point, Dummett has no control and his body position - in addition to Suarez’s reaction - make it appear as if something more serious has happened. Ultimately, though, because contact has already taken place everything beyond that point should be irrelevant. It’s horribly clumsy, of course, but in no way did it deserve to be punished so severely.
Given the speed at which it happened, it’s a forgivable mistake - and it’st fortunate that the game wasn’t relevant to Newcastle’s season and that The FA have made a sensible ruling.
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