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Hornets boss questions Deeney red card

16th April 2019, 01:08 by Michael Holland

Javi Gracia was left scratching his head as to why referee Craig Pawson sent Troy Deeney off in Watford's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

The Hornets captain saw red in the 11th minute at Vicarage Road after challenging Lucas Torreira off the ball, completing a horrible two minutes for the hosts, who had just conceded after a shocking error from Ben Foster which allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score.

Foster dawdled with the ball after a back pass from Daryl Janmaat, allowing Aubameyang to close him down and deflect the goalkeeper's clearance into the back of the net.

Pawson's decision was made with assistance from the linesman and replays showed Deeney's forearm making contact with Torreira's face.

Nevertheless, Gracia was left surprised to see the official brandish the red card.

"I don't agree, but I respect the referee's decision," Gracia said. "It is maybe a yellow card, but red card? I don't understand why the referee did it.

"I prefer not to speak only about that. He (Deeney) hasn't got to explain anything to me, I could see the play and I could see the contact with his arm but never with his elbow.

"What can I say? I don't understand the decision but we respect it. We tried to look for the resolution. There is a contact but it is not with his elbow, it is with his arm or hand, I don't know which part exactly. I never saw an aggressive movement. I don't understand why the referee took that decision."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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