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UEFA explain why Felipe was sent off for Atletico following confusing decision vs Liverpool

UEFA explain why Felipe was sent off for Atletico following confusing decision vs Liverpool

UEFA has been forced to explain referee Danny Makkelie’s decision to dismiss Atletico Madrid defender Felipe during their Champions League match against Liverpool.

Following goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane in quick succession, the 32-year-old defender was sent off after a tackle on the Senegal international.

While Atletico’s Brazilian refused to return to the referee after jogging back into position, it was initially assumed that he saw red for dissent.

According to the governing body, however, that was not the case, with Makkelie believing that the initial challenge was sufficient to levy the maximum punishment.

The official guidelines state: “Violent conduct is when a player uses or attempts to use excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball, or against a team-mate, team official, match official, spectator or any other person, regardless of whether contact is made.

“In addition, a player who, when not challenging for the ball, deliberately strikes an opponent or any other person on the head or face with the hand or arm, is guilty of violent conduct unless the force used was negligible.”

Viewers were left even more perplexed by the update, which included former Premier League referee Peter Walton agreeing with the ruling on BT Sport.

One fan said: “According to UEFA, the red card was given to Felipe due to the challenge – not because he walked away. That isn’t right personally..”

A second said: “UEFA trying to cover their referees petty red card for Felipe walking away by saying the red card was for the challenge..”

With a third saying: “UEFA saying Felipe has been sent off for the severity of the challenge? What you lying for?”

The foul and subsequent confusion took the shine off the home side’s lighting start to the match, which had the away side rattled.

Trent Alexander-Arnold set up Jota for a close-range header, and Mane slotted home after another spectacular pass from the full-back.

That came after Jurgen Klopp questioned Diego Simeone about not shaking his hand at the end of their first meeting, and the Argentine said he would do so again on Wednesday.

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UEFA explain why Felipe was sent off for Atletico following confusing decision vs Liverpool

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