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Mick questions sending-off
18 Oct 2009 - 10:51:56
Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy was less than impressed by the sending-off of striker Stefan Maierhofer late on in the 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
Maierhofer was dismissed following a clash with Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard, having earlier been cautioned for a foul on Tim Cahill.
McCarthy did say: "The red card was harsh, bordering on downright disgraceful to be honest.
"I felt the first tackle he put in (on Cahill) was a booking for the manner he went into the tackle.
"But for the second yellow card he did what I would expect any centre-forward in the world to do and that is to run across the keeper's path to stop him clearing quickly, that is all he has done.
"But their keeper is very fortunate not to be walking off the pitch too.
"My understanding is that when you raise your hands above neck high and use your hands to push someone either in the face or close to it, then that is a sending-off.
"I feel that pushing someone in the back of the head - the back of the head is just above the neck as far as I am concerned - is close to getting a red.
"I felt it was unnecessary, he could just have let it go and everyone gets on with things.
"But it happens, it has taken the gloss off a very good away performance."