The Premier League has booked referee Thomas Bramall for time-wasting after a red card he awarded to Liverpool’s Alexis Mac Allister was successfully overturned on appeal.
Mac Allister was given a straight red by the official for a challenge on Ryan Christie during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.
However, Liverpool’s appeal against the midfielder’s three-match ban was successful resulting in a yellow card for Bramall.
‘Well, that a big waste of f**king time’, a spokesperson on behalf of the Football Association’s Independent Regulatory Commission told Paddy Power News.
‘But I’m afraid situations like this will continue to happen until officials find some way of reviewing these on-field decisions.
‘As the governing body of football in England, it’s not really our place to say what that system should be.
‘Perhaps they could use video technology to assist the referee by reviewing decisions and providing advice to the referee based on those reviews. Just a suggestion’.
‘We could call it S.H.I.T.E. (Soccer Help Information Technology Experiment)?’.
Addressing the new rule changes for this season, the FA said:
‘We’ve really tried to clamp down on time wasting which can have a massive impact on the outcome of games.
‘Unlike, red cards for taking too long over a throw-in or adding on 15 minutes of stoppage time which should have very little impact at all on results.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have been handed a huge injury boost after it was revealed that Mason Mount would miss the next two games with a muscular issue.
The 24-year-old picked up the injury during a man-of-the-match display for Tottenham in their 2-0 victory over United on Saturday.
Manager Erik Ten Hag has sent scouts to Turkey to run the rule over Fenerbahçe’s Brazilian midfielder Fred as a possible replacement for Mount while he overcomes his injury woes.
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