Southampton winger Sadio Mané picked up his side's sixth red card of the Premier League season in their 2-1 win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium yesterday afternoon, and his side have elected to appeal the red card which would see the confident Senegalese international sidelined for two matches missing the visit of Liverpool and the trip to the King Power Stadium to face Premier League leaders Leicester City at the beginning of April following the international break.
Should get overturned
The way the red came about was through a simply ridiculous decision from the controversial referee, Lee Mason, who sent Mané off for trying to win the ball and fullback Erik Pieters didn't help matters as he fell theatrically to ground as though he was seriously hurt. Mané was incredibly unfortunate to see red and, this decision once more shows that the standard of refereeing just hasn't been good enough this season and is something which really needs to be addressed heading into the 2016-17 season which begins in August following EURO 2016 in France this summer.
This is the Saints' sixth red of the campaign and on every occasion the player which has seen red has been unlucky to be dismissed. You could argue that every decision has been overdramatised, and Ronald Koeman's side have been unfortunate with the amount of suspensions they've had to deal with as a consequence. It is making his side look a lot worse than they actually are because to have received a league-high six red cards after just thirty games of the season is ridiculous and most clubs would be addressing similar situations but, there is no need to on this one.
Mané's absence would be a significant loss
Whilst everyone expects the club to have the appeal successfully overturned, if for whatever reason it isn't, then it will be a big miss for the Saints in their forward line - as they haven't got much competition for places with key players sidelined with respective injuries, including January acquisition Charlie Austin (hamstring). Mané hasn't been in the best of form in recent months but, he is the match-winning type of player that can create chances out of seemingly nothing and he has an unpredictability about him which makes him such a threat for defenders to contend with.