Why Sheffield United didn’t receive a red card for the bizarre Dominic Calvert-Lewin incident

Sheffield United's Jack Robinson's tackle pushed Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin

The aftermath of Sheffield United’s Jack Robinson pushing Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Credit: Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was told there was not enough pressure on Sheffield United defender Jack Robinson to warrant his dismissal on Saturday afternoon.

In a bizarre incident involving a throw-in, Robinson appeared to see red as he turned and forcefully pushed Calvert-Lewin to the ground in full view of the fourth official and assistant referee . After consulting with his colleagues, referee Stuart Attwell chose to send both men off for the incident, despite the fact that the Everton man had done nothing wrong.

Manager Sean Dyche was left baffled at the touchline, but it has now been revealed why the incident took place and why both players were booked. Speaking on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher said: “That’s an interesting clip because if you watch it, I think Robinson thinks Calvert-Lewin elbowed him.

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“If you look, he’s not looking at the ball, the ball is behind him, he’s so still and he pushes it in the chest in front of the assistant, so the assistant says, ‘I pushed him in the chest.’ A yellow card for both but Calvert-Lewin is confused as to why he got one because the referee didn’t stop play but I think he (Stuart Attwell) thinks Calvert-Lewin elbowed Robinson or tried to to make him. because he never looks at the ball.

“He’s focused on Calvert-Lewin all the time.” While many Blues fans felt Robinson should have been sent off, Gallagher admitted the yellow card was the right call as there was little effort to justify a red.

Robinson remaining on the field did not alter the outcome of the game, Abdoulaye Doucoure’s goal on the half hour secured the three points.