Premier League

Liverpool game may have influenced 'joke' Digne red card, fumes Ancelotti

Everton suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Southampton, leaving their manager hugely frustrated

6:35pm on Sunday 25th October 2020
By
Chris Myson

Carlo Ancelotti was furious at the red card shown to Lucas Digne as Premier League leaders Everton suffered their first defeat of the season at Southampton.

The Everton boss suggested the fallout from last week's controversial Merseyside derby against Liverpool may have played a part in referee Kevin Friend's decision to send off his star left-back.

Digne made heavy contact into the back of Kyle Walker-Peters' ankle with 18 minutes to go in the 2-0 loss, resulting in a straight red card, a decision the France international protested.

Ancelotti felt Digne should have been shown a yellow at most for an unintentional challenge and queried whether negative publicity after the Liverpool game had proven to be a factor.

READ MORE:

Southampton 2-0 Everton: Player ratings, match stats and formations

Lucas Digne: FC Rating, recent form, positions and career stats

Everton came in for criticism following the derby after goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's challenge caused a serious injury to Virgil van Dijk, while striker Richarlison saw red for a foul on Thiago Alcantara.

"The red card was a joke," Ancelotti said about the Digne incident to Sky Sports. "It was not intentional, for sure it was not violent conduct.

"Maybe it could be a yellow. Maybe all the rumours all this week against Pickford and against Richarlison affected the decision and if it's like this it's not right - it's not fair. We will appeal, for sure."

The red card ended Everton's hopes of a comeback, but defeat was already looking likely after goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams in the first half, both of which were set up by Danny Ings.

James Ward-Prowse
M (C) - Southampton - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.7
Oct 25, 2020
90Minutes played
1Goals
80Passes
74Passes completed
97Touches
7Ball recovered
6Crosses
3Tackles won

Everton remain top of the Premier League table on goal difference ahead of champions Liverpool and Ancelotti wants Sunday's defeat to serve as a wake-up call.

"I told the players winter is coming and we will have to react," the Italian added. "We tried to get back into the game, we had some good control after half-time.

"But we didn't play well, Southampton played better than us and they deserved to win. Sometimes you are not at your best.

"It was not a good performance. It came after a really good run for us - now we have to look forward with the same spirit and belief. It happens."

Everton's first chance to bounce back will come when they play away to Newcastle United next week.

Latest news

European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski and Salah lead the way

Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski both surged up the standings in the race to score the most goals in Europe this season.

  • 5 hours
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Vardy lead the way

The Liverpool forward is leading the race for Golden Boot glory on seven goals along with Leicester City star Jamie Vardy.

  • 6 hours
Predicted XI

Pepe and Odegaard back in – How Arsenal could line up against Leeds United

Mikel Arteta will look to continue his search for silverware as Arsenal take on Leeds United in the League Cup.

  • 9 hours
Predicted XI

Ziyech, Saul to start – How Chelsea could line up against Southampton

Thomas Tuchel will likely give fringe players the chance to impress when Chelsea host Southampton in the League Cup.

  • 9 hours
Standings

La Liga Table: Alaba the hero as Real Madrid win Clasico

David Alaba scored his first goal since his summer transfer as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 to win Sunday's Clasico at Camp Nou.

  • 21 hours
Premier League

Premier League Table: Salah hits hat-trick as Liverpool humiliate Man Utd

Mohamed Salah hit a hat-trick as Liverpool inflicted a humiliating 5-0 defeat on rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

  • 22 hours

Most read