Southampton make extraordinary referee ban request

Will Ford

Southampton are reportedly planning to request that neither Mike Dean or Lee Mason referee their games in the future.

The Saints are furious at decisions made by those officials in their defeats to Aston Villa and Manchester United.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were denied a penalty in the 1-0 loss to Villa on Saturday for what appeared to be a clear handball against Matty Cash, then saw Danny Ings’ goal controversially ruled out for offside.

In the 9-0 loss to United on Tuesday Jan Bednarek conceded a penalty and was sent off for bringing down Anthony Martial in the area, but if there was contact it was minimal.

They are set for talks with the PGMOL to discuss the option of Mason and Dean not refereeing their games in the future, according to the Daily Mail.

Southampton also intend to appeal Bednarek’s late red card which United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt was unfair.

He said: “The second sending off for them, that rule should be taken away. The law that sends him off is a strange one. Bednarek definitely shouldn’t have been sent off.”