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Southampton Request That Two Referees Are Banned From Their Future Games

Southampton Request That Two Referees Are Banned From Their Future Games

Southampton are reportedly planning to request that referees Mike Dean and Lee Mason are banned from officiating their matches following Saints' 9-0 defeat at Manchester United.

People at the club are said to be fuming over the officiating in their last two games: Tuesday's thrashing at Old Trafford (overseen by Dean) and Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa (with Mason in charge).

Against Villa, Ralph Hasenhuttl's side were denied a penalty for handball after Stuart Armstrong's effort struck Matty Cash on the arm. They then saw an injury-time Danny Ings strike controversially ruled out for offside.

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Against Manchester United, there were no complaints about the rash challenge on Scott McTominay which saw 19-year-old Alex Jankewitz sent off just 79 seconds into his first ever start for the club.

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However after that a number of decisions arguably went against the south-coast club. Jan Bednarek was upset after he was harshly shown a red card for giving away a late penalty against Anthony Martial, the defender claiming that even the United striker admitted it was not a foul.

Saints also had a goal ruled out for the tightest of offside decisions, against Che Adams early in the second half when the game was 4-0 - in which it appeared Adams' fingertip was offside.

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Southampton feel the controversy caused by these decisions make it almost impossible for experienced officials Dean and Mason to take charge of their Premier League games in the coming weeks.

The club are reportedly set for talks with the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Board) to discuss the situation.

Topics: Football News, Football, Referees, Southampton, Premier League

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