Sunday 18 August 2019

Southampton will not appeal Nathan Redmond's red card

Southampton's Nathan Redmond was dismissed by Mike Dean
Southampton's Nathan Redmond was dismissed by Mike Dean

Claude Puel has confirmed that Southampton will not be appealing Nathan Redmond's red card against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

The midfielder was sent off by referee Mike Dean for denying Dele Alli a goalscoring opportunity just before the hour mark.

Despite boss Puel believing it was the wrong decision, Saints will not be appealing and Redmond will now serve a one-match ban and miss Saturday's visit of West Brom.

Puel said: "No. I think it is a decision that is finished. It was not a red card but after the game it is possible to look at the decision and realise that.

"I stay with my first view - for me it was just two players trying to fight and win the ball.

"I think it is difficult to say it is a red card. I think it is outside the box.

"It is important to think about the games against West Brom and Everton now. Tottenham has finished.

"It is difficult, I think this red card prevents us to come back in the game and to play football. It is difficult to accept this."

The red card was the 22-year-old's first sending off in his professional career and Dean also awarded Tottenham a penalty, which was missed by Harry Kane as he fired it over the bar. Puel believes it was harsh that Southampton suffered "double punishment."

He said: "It is hard because it is a double penalty and a card. The card prevents us to come back into the game.

"We couldn't get chances to get back into the game and I think it is difficult to accept this in this moment.

He added: "From the bench and for me, it was just a duel between two players.

"It was not a red card but after it is possible to have different interpretations and points of view but I said a red card is a very difficult decision for the player and for the team.

"I think at the moment of the game it was important.

"I think now it is finished, it is important to keep all our energy for West Brom.

"We can say all the things in the moment but now it is important to keep the good spirit up for the next game now."

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