Make your mind up
There has been more drama following Phil Jagielka’s controversial red card for Everton against Wolves on Saturday as questions are asked.
The Toffees travelled to Molineux on Saturday looking to get their season off to a positive start with Marco Silva now in charge.
They did just that when Richarlison bagged his first competitive goal for the club on his Everton debut.
Everton then looked extremely comfortable, limiting Wolves to a very small amount of time on the ball.
However, that quickly changed when Phil Jagielka was sent off having miss-controlled the ball then lunged to win the ball back.
While the general consensus was that it was a red card, questions were asked over the actual reasoning for the sending off.
Some questioned whether the tackle was deemed serious foul play, or whether it was the denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Which one was it?
That is where there has been some drama.
That is because when pressed over what the decision was, the information was the player had denied a goalscoring opportunity, according to Richard Keys.
Keys, speaking on beIN SPORTS, then revealed that his sources close to Everton had been surprised by that and launched their own enquiry.
They were then told that it was actually both denial and serious foul play, with the most serious one being punished, in this case, serious foul play.
As explained by Keys, his colleagues at NBC in America asked the same questions as Everton and the reply was interesting.
They told an NBC host that the decision had been changed from denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity to serious foul play.
As expected, Andy Gray was mystified and explained that you just can’t make it up as you go along.
He even claimed that when the officials had been contested on their first decision, they changed to save face.
The plot certainly thickens.
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) August 12, 2018