Decision to send off Dara O'Shea during Burnley's defeat against Everton branded 'harsh' by former referee

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The decision to show Dara O’Shea a straight red card during Burnley’s defeat to Everton has been labelled “harsh” by a leading ex-referee.
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“The letter of the law says he should have been denying a goalscoring opportunity to be sent off. I’ll let you guys make your own judgement on that,” he said.

“There was a lot of force on that ball so it was a pretty comfortable pick up for the goalkeeper, but I guess you guys will make your own minds up on this one.”

Kompany’s view was also shared by former official Dermot Gallagher, while analysing the incident on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch.

"I thought it was harsh at the time,” he said.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Referee Michael Oliver gives a red card to Dara O'Shea of Burnley during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Burnley FC at Goodison Park on April 06, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Referee Michael Oliver gives a red card to Dara O'Shea of Burnley during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Burnley FC at Goodison Park on April 06, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Referee Michael Oliver gives a red card to Dara O'Shea of Burnley during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Burnley FC at Goodison Park on April 06, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“I look at it and thought, A: distance to goal; B: is he in possession of the ball? No; C: is he likely to get possession? Unlikely. The goalkeeper would have mopped that up.”

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Fellow panel member Stephen Warnock also weighed in, suggesting referee Michael Oliver could have received more assistance from his fellow officials.

"I think VAR has let the referee down here,” he said.

O’Shea’s dismissal was the seventh red card shown to a Burnley player this season, the most of any club in the top flight.