Sky Sports' pundits questioned Mike Dean's decision not to send Marcos Alonso off
Dennis Wise and Matt Le Tissier slammed Mike Dean for an “embarrassing” decision not to send off Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso against Southampton.
The Spaniard raked his studs down the leg of Shane Long with the score at 1-0 in the Saints favour, but having escaped unpunished went on to set up the Blues’ first goal in their two-goal comeback at St Mary’s to win 3-2.
Matt Le Tissier and Dennis Wise were both incensed by the decision, which former referee Dermot Gallagher said he expected the Football Association to revisit.
Le Tissier said: “How the referee doesn’t see this, I don’t know. How on earth he misses this is incredible. If he wasn’t quite so arrogant, he’d be quite embarrassed about missing it.
“Where is Alonso even trying to do? There’s only one thing in his mind there, and that’s to hurt Shane Long.”
Wise, a former Chelsea player himself, put loyalties aside to condemn the official, and said it was unforgivable that he had missed the incident.
He said: “This is a joke by Mike Dean. He knows what’s gone on, he’s turned a blind eye to it. He’ll turn round and say I never saw it. If he never saw it, he one shouldn’t be refereeing and should have glasses.
“That’s a red card. He hasn’t even bothered with the ball. The thing about it is Ward-Prowse got booked, he realised what Alonso had done to Long and reacted to it.”