Why Jake Livermore should not have been sent off during Hull 1 – Arsenal 4

Hull Twitter account on the Livermore red card
Hull Twitter account on the Livermore red card

Jake Livermore’s harsh red card v Arsenal

Former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore has had a fine start to life in the Premier League again, predominantly playing alongside Curtis Davies in central defence.

This all came crashing down in the game against Arsenal on Saturday when Livermore was sent off after 40 minutes, having given a penalty away for handball in the box.

After the game, Hull boss Mike Phelan said the Livermore sending off was “harsh” and on Match of the Day, pundit Jermaine Jenas was in agreement.

Livermore blocked a shot from Francis Coquelin with his hand, which was goal bound but from the view of referee Roger East, it was heading towards Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.

In fact, Livermore looked more likely to deflect it in with his hand, than anything else.

Double jeopardy

The new laws brought in last summer were aimed to ensure team’s do not concede a goal and a man in the same action, so this should have been a yellow card for Livermore.

It was not going to be a clear goal for Coquelin, with the Hull goalkeeper standing behind Livermore. Alexis Sanchez would go on to take the spot kick, somewhat surprisingly according to Arsene Wenger, and saw Jakupovic save it.

Later on in the same game, Petr Cech fouled Adama Diomande, to give away a penalty that was converted by Robert Snodgrass.

This decision was reportedly made by linesman Darren Cann, but the same theory was in place that Cech conceded a spot kick and was awarded a yellow card only so Arsenal did not suffer from “double jeopardy”.

See screenshots below from Match of the Day:

Jakupovic is directly behind Livermore
Jakupovic is directly behind Livermore
Roger East had a great view of the incident
Roger East had a great view of the incident


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