Fabian Schar was unlucky to be sent off for his foul on Garbiel Martinelli late on in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.
That is according to ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the incident that occurred in the 90th minute at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Steve Bruce defended his player after the game and told Chronicle Live it was a yellow card offence at the very most.
Schar was making his first appearance since missing 10 games with a knee injury and will now only return for their last game of the season.
“I think that looking at it from an angle that’s different to the referee he actually could have issued a yellow card for a reckless challenge,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’s in a good position and did he get any screams? Was he influenced by the reaction of the player?
“It’s a red card and there’s no room of appeal by the club but on another occasion, he could have got away with a yellow.
“This was very late in the game as well. I think I would’ve issued a yellow card on the basis that the challenge is reckless without excessive force.
“What Dean’s got, is he’s in a very good position to judge the speed of which the player comes in and he’s seen the player out of control and the distance he’s travelled on the floor.
“I’m not critical of Mike Dean, I support the decision he’s made, he’s given a red but on another occasion, he might have achieved yellow under the banner of reckless.”