Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko was shown a red card after only just 30 minutes in Chelsea’s 4-1 loss to Watford on Monday night.
Former Premier League referee Graham Poll insists referee Mike Dean was wrong to send off Bakayoko.
According to Poll, the first yellow card for the foul on Etinne Capoue was the right decision but the second yellow was extremely harsh. Poll believes Dean went for his cards too hastily.
“Chelsea were really hard done by when referee Mike Dean showed Tiemoue Bakayoko two yellow cards in five minutes,” Poll told Daily Mail.
“While the first one on 25 minutes was correct as he threw himself on to Etienne Capoue, the second – for a foul on Richarlison – was extremely harsh.
“Bakayoko had not made another foul challenge following his caution and overstretched after a poor touch on 30 minutes.
“He did catch the young Brazilian on the toe so it was a foul but there were far worse challenges in the half which Dean allowed without a yellow card.
“It struck me that the controversial referee went for his cards too hastily rather than assessing the situation.”