Sky Sports pundit Sue Smith has claimed that referee Jarred Gillett lost “control” when sending off Wolves midfielder Mario Lemina.

What happened with Lemina’s red card for Wolves?

In their latest Premier League outing, Julen Lopetegui’s men picked up an unlikely three points on the road despite playing the majority of their game with ten men.

Indeed, having fallen behind to a goal from Carlos Alcaraz for Southampton, Wolves midfielder Lemina was then sent off after picking up a second yellow card in the 27th minute. Despite that, the away team fought back to win the game with two second-half goals.

However, Lemina’s second yellow seemed questionable at best as he was booked for dissent despite not being the first player to approach referee Gillett, nor was his protest particularly egregious.

While speaking about the incident on Ref Watch, Smith said: “I thought the second one was harsh. But again, I don’t know what was said, so it’s difficult for me to say.

“If it was just in terms of he was aggressively running at the ref, I couldn’t see any aggression there.

“I thought it was a harsh decision. I thought Jarred Gillett lost a little bit of control in that first half.”

What does Lemina’s red card mean for Wolves?

In the end, the red card didn’t actually cost Wolves the three points as they battled well to claim the win. In fact, Saints manager Nathan Jones even claimed it helped the opposition.

Speaking after the game, he told Sky Sports (via TalkSport): “To me, the 10 men was to our detriment because it made it a free hit for them in terms of stuff.

“It added more pressure on us and it shouldn’t be like that – we should then control the game.”

However, Jones has since been fired, so perhaps it’s best not to focus too much on his point of view from this particular game.

Despite the win, Wolves may still feel angered by the decision as Lemina will miss the club’s next game against Bournemouth as he serves a consequential suspension.

Indeed, the club can’t appeal the decision either as it was not a straight red. The FA’s rules (via BirminghamLive) explain: “All red cards can be appealed with the exception of those for use of offensive or insulting or abusive language/gestures and receiving a second caution in a game.”


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