Chelsea and Liverpool legends, Glenn Hoddle and Michael Owen, have disagreed with Cesar Azpilicuetaâ€™s call for Sadio Mane to be given a red card when both clubs clashed in the Premier League last night.
Azpilicueta feels that Mane should have been sent off when he caught him with his arm in a challenge for the ball in the opening minute of the match.
After the match, the Spaniard blasted the referee Anthony Taylor, the video assistant referee and the Premier League for being inconsistent in their decision.
However, Owen believes Maneâ€™s actions did not warrant a red card.
â€˜Well I disagree with him, I donâ€™t think at any point Sadio Mane looks at him, I donâ€™t think he swings his arm, I think itâ€™s more he pushes it into his face,â€ Owen told Premier League Productions.
â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s violent, itâ€™s quite reckless, but naturally you lead with your arm to jump up.
â€œI think itâ€™s a foul, and I think itâ€™s a yellow card. I think Azpilicueta has seen it with a blue pair of glasses on.
â€œIâ€™m not condoning that challenge, I think it was a poor challenge and he deserved his yellow card but I think itâ€™s a bit extreme asking for a red.â€
â€œI can understand sometimes when youâ€™re the player it happens to you get carried away in that moment,â€ Hoddle added.
â€œI think if Mane had a little glance first at Azpilicueta, then Iâ€™d think itâ€™s preordained. If youâ€™re thinking of doing something like that early in the game you have a glance to make sure you get it right.
â€œBut I donâ€™t think he did. For me itâ€™s an accident, itâ€™s a yellow card.
â€œIf youâ€™re thinking of doing someone, you have a glance and do it with the end of your elbow. I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s in Maneâ€™s mind whatsoever.â€