Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl sued by the FA for sarcastically suggesting he knew Saints captain James Ward-Prowse would be evicted because Mike Dean was the VAR
- Ralph Hasenhuttl was not happy with James Ward-Prowse’s dismissal from Chelsea
- Southampton star was initially shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Jorginho
- VAR Mike Dean told referee Martin Atkinson to review the October 2 incident
- Saints boss sarcastically suggested he knew the outcome would be a red card
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been charged by the Football Association for his comments about video assistant referee Mike Dean after his side’s defeat at Chelsea.
Hasenhuttl was not happy with the dismissal of James Ward-Prowse in the 3-1 loss on October 2.
The midfielder was initially shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson for a late tackle on Jorginho, but it was upgraded to red after Dean told his colleague to watch the incident on the pitch monitor.
Ralph Hasenhuttl was frustrated with sending James Ward-Prowse away against Chelsea
The dismissal annoyed Hasenhuttl, who sarcastically suggested he knew the outcome of the assessment would be a red card, as Dean was the VAR official for the match.
“I knew when Mike Dean was on VAR that the referee was going to look at it,” he told BBC 5 Live.
Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, the Austrian admitted he hadn’t seen the incident but reiterated his feelings about Dean.
“I always have a bit of a problem when we know that Mike Dean is on VAR because we honestly don’t have a good history with him,” he said.
Ward-Prowse was initially shown a yellow card in the second half for this challenge on Jorginho
Ward-Prowse’s dismissal came in the 77th minute of the game, at 1-1, before Chelsea scored twice against 10 men to seal the win.
An FA statement read: “It is alleged that comments made by the manager during two post-match interviews are inappropriate conduct because they have questioned the integrity of the VAR match official and/or implied bias and/or discredited the game.” have brought.’
Hasenhuttl, who has been charged with two E3 rule violations, has until Tuesday to respond.
Atkinson was urged to watch the incident on the field monitor by VAR official Mike Dean
The referee eventually changed the yellow card to a red one and sent the Saints captain away