Ex-Premier League referee: Evans '100%' should land extended ban as controversial Arsenal footage emerges
Jonny Evans should have been sent off in Leicester City’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee admitted he was “bemused” VAR did not upgrade the yellow card he was shown for his challenge on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
A ball came over the top for Aubameyang who had got past Evans before being pulled down.
He would have been through on goal and had a clear chance to add Arsenal’s third goal of the game.
A red card would have seen Evans miss Leciester’s next three Premier League games – a trip to Leeds and home fixtures against Chelsea and Watford.
“It was a clear red card,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“I’m bemused by the VAR, Jarred Gillet who’s a top guy, who didn’t come in on it.
“He’s taken the view, the referee has got a good view, Michael Oliver, he’s decided in his own mind that it doesn’t fulfil the criteria. He’s 100 per cent wrong in not dismissing Jonny Evans.
“If it’s had an impact, it’s a foul. Some are confused because they’re saying double jeopardy should have come into play. But double jeopardy would only occur in the penalty area.
“Even if this offence occurred in the penalty area it still would have been a red card because they’ve not made an attempt to play the ball, he’s held onto the player.”
Arsenal’s 2-0 win lifted them to sixth in the Premier League table.
Leicester are down in 10th, six points off the top four.
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