Richard Keys has had a pop at Wout Weghorst in his latest blog, in which he pointed out the ‘irony’ of Aleksandar Mitrovic being sent off in a game Bruno Fernandes should have been suspended for.
Mitrovic was shown a straight red card for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh as he protested teammate Willian being given his marching orders.
It was a moment of madness from the Fulham striker which proved costly as they were dumped out of the FA cup by Manchester United.
And Keys, who’s frequently criticised Premier League referees, believes Kavanagh deserves credit for the way he dealt with the situation.
But the former Sky Sports presenter couldn’t resist a little dig at United striker Weghorst, whom he thinks the Red Devils may as well not have had on the pitch.
“Having berated some – let’s give Chris Kavanagh credit for his handling of a shambles all of Fulham’s making at Old Trafford,” Keys wrote on his blog.
“What were they thinking? Never has a team been more guilty of tossing away a match. Ninety seconds of madness cost them.
“The way United were playing I’d have fancied Fulham to beat them with 10 anyway. Sending Willian off only evened things up. United only had 10 on. You can’t count Weghorst.
“When he lost control Mitrovic cost Fulham any chance of winning the game.”
“Kavanagh was terrific and got every call right – including denying Mitrovic a pen in the first half, the incident that sparked Marco Silva’s fury.
“Silva thought Kavanagh should’ve been asked to check his monitor when Mitrovic and the wee man clashed in the box. If Kavanagh had done he wouldn’t have changed his mind, but perhaps a look would’ve satisfied Silva?
“Mitrovic should be banned for some time for his ridiculous attack on the ref. What was going through his mind?”
Keys then pointed out the ‘irony’ of Fernandes’ involvement in the game, believing the United playmaker should have been sent off for a similar incident to Mitrovic’s in their defeat at Anfield.
He wrote: “It was an irony that Fernandes got a couple because he should be serving a ban. I still don’t know how he escaped an FA charge after he man-handled the assistant at Anfield. The FA were weak and should’ve charged him. My Mum used to tell me that ‘you reap what you sow’. The FA certainly did this weekend.”