Everton boss Martinez claims Sunderland should have two men sent off

CONTROVERSY: Connor Wickham brings down Seamus Coleman. Pic: Frank Reid
CONTROVERSY: Connor Wickham brings down Seamus Coleman. Pic: Frank Reid
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EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez claimed Sunderland should have had two men sent off after a hard-fought draw on Wearside.

Midfielder Jordi Gomez, who played under Martinez at Wigan, and striker Connor Wickham were perhaps both fortunate not to see red as referee Lee Mason adopted a lenient approach during a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

Gomez, who had earlier been booked for a foul which left Gareth Barry with a suspected broken leg, escaped further punishment after going down easily on the edge of the box under Phil Jagielka’s challenge, while Wickham received no additional sanction after tripping Seamus Coleman for a match-saving penalty.

Asked if Wickham should have gone, Martinez said: “Yes. I think it’s a clear decision. There’s no intention whatsoever, it’s just a striker trying to win the ball when he’s late in the box, he’s the wrong side.

“Seamus makes a fantastic run – it was great penetrating play – and once you give the penalty away, it’s a red card.

“I don’t agree with the rule, if I am honest with you, but that’s not the debate. The debate is if it’s a penalty, it should have been a red card and at that point,

“I felt that would have been a major, major moment understanding how the game was and the situation of the two teams.

“I don’t want to see players sent off, but those are the rules.

“Jordi had a yellow card and he got caught simulating. The referee saw it, he was going to blow the whistle and then decided against it.”