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Should Antonio Valencia have been sent off against Newcastle?

Refereeing consistency

We are approaching the end of yet another bizarre season.

The Premier League title race is all but over and we are only in February whilst debatably every single team from 7th downwards is in a relegation battle.

We have seen the introduction of VAR into English football which has been a very controversial topic whilst transfer fees have reached ridiculous levels.

28 red cards have been awarded so far this season in the top flight of English football after 269 matches, an average of a one red card every 9 games.

Earlier in the season, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane was sent off for a challenge on Ederson.
The Senegalese winger raised his boot high in order to get the ball and connected with the Man City goalkeeper’s face.

The red card was widely debated as many people believed that there was no malicious intent and Mane was simply trying to get the ball. Nonetheless, referee Jon moss sent Mane off and Liverpool were beaten 5-0.

Sadio Mane's challenge on Ederson

Sadio Mane’s challenge on Ederson

Antonio Valencia

Manchester United feel to yet another away defeat on Sunday afternoon as Matt Ritchie’s strike gave Newcastle three points against the Red Devils.

Late into the match, Antonio Valencia performed a similar challenge to Sadio Mane’s earlier in the season but the Ecuadorian defender escaped with only a yellow card.

Craig Pawson was the referee on Sunday and he deemed Valencia’s challenge was not worthy of a red card.

So where is the consistency in Premier League refereeing? Did Valencia deserve a red card? Did Mane deserve a red card?

There was literally no difference between the two challenges and I think both are worthy of a red card even though Gary Neville may disagree.

Should Man United’s Valencia have been sent off vs Newcastle?

The kick

Football fans might not agree on a lot of things, but one thing they do agree on is the fact that referees need to be far more consistent than they currently are.

There are examples of it week in, week out, but when Manchester United took on Newcastle United and Antonio Valencia failed to even get a yellow card for a challenge that looked an awful lot like Sadio Mane’s earlier in the season on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson – that saw him sent off, fans were fuming.

Obviously the Liverpool fans were the ones with the loudest voices on social media, but it was simply not acceptable for many people – and plenty of people reacted with anger and pointed out the officials are not consistent at all.

The point isn’t if it’s a red card or not – for many people, all they want is to see the officials make decisions that are all in line with each other and are regular in terms of players being sent off or cautioned.

That way, players know exactly what to expect when they take to the field, and while most people would admit raising your foot that highly is looking for trouble, according to some officials, it’s fine – and that’s where the inconsistency and issues come in.

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Why everyone was trolling Liverpool during Valencia v Barcelona

‘Reunited and it feels so good’

Barcelona took the lead against Valencia in the second half of their game on Thursday evening but it was Liverpool that everyone was talking about.

The Camp Nou side were looking to seal their place in the next round of the Copa del Rey with the side already having a 1-0 lead on aggrigate.

Though, they did make it 2-0 and 1-0 on the night just after the break but it was the scorer and the man that set him up which had people talking.

That is because former Liverpool man Luis Suarez set up another former Reds star Philippe Coutinho to score the opening goal.

Coutinho’s well-documented move to Barcelona was finally completed in the January transfer window for a fee around £142million.

The Brazilian nearly moved last summer but Liverpool blocked all advances despite the player pushing for a move.

That upset most Liverpool fans but they knew that the player would likely go on to bigger and better things.

Bromance blooming

Now, that situation has been realised and in the most painful of ways for Reds fans after Luis Suarez was even the man to set him up.

What could have been if both remained at the club but they are now two of the biggest catalysts in Barcelona’s silverware hunt this season.

Should they win tonight, they would progress through to the final of the Copa del Rey with other competitions lined up nicely.

Ernesto Valverde’s side already have a nine-point gap at the top of La Liga and look set to win that trophy without any effort.

Not only that, they still remain in the Champions League and face off against Chelsea in a two-legged clash to go through to the next round.

Safe to say, with Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi at the helm, even the treble could be possible this year.

Everyone trolls Liverpool