Don’t ref us again! Southampton make extraordinary request that Mike Dean and Lee Mason are BANNED from refereeing their matches over their roles in 9-0 loss at Manchester United and 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa
- Southampton request that Mike Dean and Lee Mason don’t referee their games
- The extraordinary demand comes after Saints’ 9-0 hammering by Man United
- Dean controversially sent off Jan Bednarek and gave United a penalty
- Mason failed to give Hasenhuttl’s side a penalty against Aston Villa on Saturday
- Danny Ings also saw his equaliser ruled out against Villa for tightest of offsides
Southampton are planning to request that Lee Mason and Mike Dean do not referee their games in the near future.
The south coast club have been angered by decisions made by the officials in games overseen by the two referees in their defeats against Aston Villa and Manchester United.
Southampton lost 1-0 to Villa on Saturday but were denied a penalty for what appeared a clear handball against Matty Cash and then saw a Danny Ings goal controversially ruled out for offside.
Mike Dean (left) controversially sent off Jan Bednarek in Southampton’s 9-0 defeat by United
Lee Mason also denied the Saints a penalty and a Danny Ings equaliser at the weekend
Their frustration was compounded in their 9-0 loss to United on Tuesday night in which they ended the game with nine men.
Southampton were denied another goal following the tightest of offside decisions, this time against Che Adams early in the second half when the game was 4-0 and they were already a man down following Alexandre Jankewitz’s early red card.
They then had Jan Bednarek harshly sent off for bringing down Anthony Martial for the penalty Bruno Fernandes scored to make it 7-0.
Bednarek was adjudged to have brought down Anthony Martial inside the area
As well as feeling hard done by, Southampton feel the controversy caused by the decisions will make it hard for the officials to take charge of their games in the coming weeks.
They are set for talks with the PGMOL to discuss the situation.
Southampton also intend to appeal Bednarek’s late red card which even United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt was hard.
He said: ‘The second sending off for them, that rule should be taken away. The law that sends him off is a strange one. Bednarek definitely shouldn’t have been sent off.’
Ings was denied a stoppage-time equaliser against Villa because his ‘sleeve’ was offside