Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera was given his marching orders in the first half during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat of Manchester United in the quarter final FA Cup clash at Stamford Bridge after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Chelsea magician Eden Hazard.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, who maybe is trying to be in the good books of Jose Mourinho, insists Herrera didn’t deserve his second yellow card but Newcastle legend Alan Shearer disagreed with Lampard insisting Herrera deserved to be sent off.
“When you’re in the heat of the battle those are the moments, you take a view,” Lampard said at halftime in the BBC Studio.
“The crowd is up, Jones could have got a yellow, it was Jones’ third foul on Hazard – strong one.
“I don’t think in this instance it was a yellow card necessarily but when you dive in straight after the ref is ready to book someone after that first one”
Manchester United legend Phil Neville also thought the referee got it wrong, pointing out it was only Herrera’s second foul.
“I don’t think it’s a yellow card for the foul he actually made though,” said Neville.
“It was Jones that tackled Hazard before, not Herrera. He’s not been booked for persistent fouling. That second yellow card is weak for me.”
However Newcastle legend Alan Shearer disagrees with Lampard and Phil Neville.
“You can’t complain with [the first booking] at all. He knows what he’s doing there, he’s stopping Hazard,” Shearer said.
“The second one, I know he hasn’t made a foul since his yellow card but the referee is talking to them [about] constantly fouling Hazard. So it’s stupid.”