Lucas Digne’s red card for Everton in Southampton was “inevitable,” according to the former Premier League referee.

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The French left-back received his marching orders from referee Kevin Friend in the 72nd minute of the 2-0 defeat at St. Mary’s after several attempts to stop Kyle Walker-Peters ended up stepping on the Saints’ heel as the latter ran after him.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has called Lucas Digne’s red card in Everton’s defeat to Southampton on Sunday “inevitable”.

Everton’s French defender Lucas Digne received a red card in Southampton in an incident described by coach Carlo Ancelotti as “a joke.

But Gallagher said in an interview with Sky Sports (quoted by Hitc) that while he did not feel Digne had any intention of hurting his opponent, the clumsy nature of the challenge meant it was unlikely to be overturned.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti called the decision after the game a “joke” and said the club would appeal the decision, which resulted in a three-game ban for Digne.

“I fully accept that he didn’t want that, and he didn’t mean to be malicious.

“I think you have to issue a red card for that,” Gallagher said.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people who think differently, but when you hit someone’s Achilles tendon, you always get sent off the field for serious fouls.

“I just think it’s inevitable that he’ll be sent off for that.

“But there are many tackles that players make that are not meant to be, that are wrongly timed and clumsy, and they get sent off.

If Digne’s suspension is not lifted, he will miss Everton’s next three-time Premier League game away in Newcastle on Sunday, at home with Manchester United the following Sunday and away in Fulham on November 21.

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