Erik ten Haag slammed the use of VAR in the Premier League as “inconsistent” after Casemiro was sent-off for the second time in his Manchester United career.
The midfielder was shown a red card for a high challenge on Carlos Alcaraz during Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Southampton after referee Anthony Taylor was advised by VAR Andre Mariner to consult the pitchside monitors.
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Ten Haag was angered by the decision, especially as Leicester City defender Ricardo Pereira escaped punishment for a similar challenge on Chelsea’s Joao Felix on Saturday.
Ten Haag also thought United should have been awarded a penalty when Armel Bela-Kotchap appeared to handle Marcus Rashford’s cross in the penalty area.
Ten Haag said, “I think it’s an inconsistency, the players no longer know what the policy is.” “I think, you see Leicester v Chelsea this weekend, VAR is not coming on the line [the pitchside monitor],
“Today, it’s coming over the line, and the two penalty situations today, they don’t come over the line. I think especially the first one, it’s clear and obvious handball. So, what’s the policy?”
Casemiro has now been sent off in two of his last three Premier League matches after being shown a red card for an altercation with Crystal Palace midfielder Will Hughes in February.
The Brazilian will miss United’s next four home games, but in his post-match press conference, Ten Haag was keen to defend the 31-year-old former Real Madrid star.
“Another is inconsistent, with the referee coming in at the beginning of the season with the policy: ‘We are [the] Premier League; We are getting stronger and want the intensity,” Ten Haag said. [straight] Red card, and now he has it twice. He plays tough, but he plays fair. Also, he is doing fair play in this. Even against Crystal Palace. This is the subject of much debate.
“Everyone who knows something about football – when you freeze, it’s bad – but everyone who knows something about football, they know what’s bad and what’s fair. Casemiro really I’m a fair player, tough but fair. It shows, over 500 games in the big leagues, never sent.”