Ralph Hasenhuttl claims he KNEW referee Martin Atkinson would send off James Ward-Prowse in Southampton’s defeat by Chelsea because his side ‘don’t have a good history’ with VAR official Mike Dean
- Saints concede two late goals after James Ward-Prowse is sent off in second half
- Southampton captain booked by Martin Atkinson, but VAR upgraded card to red
- Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says he knew VAR official Mike Dean would intervene
- ‘We don’t have a good history with Mike Dean,’ Hasenhuttl had said at full-time
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl took a swipe at Mike Dean after James Ward-Prowse was sent off by VAR in his side’s 3-1 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Ward-Prowse cancelled out Trevoh Chalobah’s first half goal as he equalised from the spot with just over an hour gone, but was given his marching orders 16 minutes later by referee Martin Atkinson after he brought his studs down on the Jorginho’s ankle.
Atkinson had initially judged the Saints captain’s tackle to be worthy of a yellow card, but changed his mind after reviewing footage the incident on the pitchside monitor following advice from Stockley Park.
Ralph Hasenhuttl was left frustrated by James Ward-Prowse’s sending off against Chelsea
The Austrian expected Martin Atkinson (centre) to send off Ward-Prowse after VAR intervened
The sending off irked Hasenhuttl, who sarcastically suggested he knew the outcome of the review would be a red card as he Dean was the VAR official for the game.
‘I knew when Mike Dean was on the VAR that the referee would go and have a look at it,’ he told BBC 5 Live.
Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, the Austrian conceded he had not seen the incident but reiterated his feelings about Dean.
‘I always have a bit of a problem when we know Mike Dean is on VAR because we don’t have a good history with him, to be honest,’ he said.
It didn’t take long for Chelsea to capitalise on the numerical superiority, as Timo Werner forced an excellent stop from Alex McCarthy and eventually found the net with six minutes left before Ben Chilwell added a third for the hosts late on.
Ward-Prowse was initially booked for this challenge on Jorginho in the second half
Atkinson was urged to review the incident on the pitchside monitor by VAR official Mike Dean
The referee eventually upgraded the yellow card to a red and sent off the Saints captain
Hasenhuttl stopped short of blaming Ward-Prowse’s sending off for the defeat, but said he felt his side had been in control up until then.
‘There was still a long way to go, but you could feel they [Chelsea] were a little bit wobbly and we believed in what we were doing and the way we played in the second half was absolutely hurting them,’ he continued.
Like Hasenhuttl, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he did not have a good view of the incident but suggested Ward-Prowse took an unnecessary risk.
‘I did not even see it properly but it looked heavy and it was not necessary to take that kind of risk,’ he said.
The defeat extended Southampton winless run in the Premier League to seven games and left the Saints on four points, just one point clear of the relegation zone.
Chelsea, meanwhile, moved top of the table two points clear of Liverpool, who host Manchester City tomorrow afternoon.
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