Martin Atkinson has just made himself the story in the Merseyside Derby. Everton are now down to 10 men, and for what, the entire world is not entirely sure. In the 23rd minute, Jack Rodwell went in on a challenge with Luis Suarez. He won the ball, went in with one foot, and did not have his studs showing when he made contact with Suarez. It was a foul at the most and never a yellow card, but Atkinson decided to show a straight red and Liverpool have a one man advantage.
To call the decision questionable would not only be a serious understatement, it would be dishonest. It was absolutely the wrong call and it will be almost impossible to justify. It was a ridiculous enough decision that David Moyes should appeal the suspension, and if there's any justice, he should win this appeal due to Atkinson's gross incompetence. Referees do a hard job and Atkinson was almost certainly attempting to act within the rules of the game, but he got it horribly wrong and a decision like that is simply not acceptable at this level.
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