Brighton manager Chris Hughton believes Marcos Alonso should have seen red during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.
Chelsea seemed to be cruising to a comfortable away victory after taking a two-goal lead in the first half thanks to goals by Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard.
But Solly March scored in the 66th minute to reduce the deficit, and the home side pressed and pushed for an equalizer.
Alonso pulled back Solly March late in the game as he appeared to be heading clear for goal, and the Spaniard escaped punishment after an earlier challenge on Anthony Knockaert.
“My first impression was that it was a red card,” Hughton told Sky Sports.
“Having seen it again, I do understand that it’s a difficult decision with the pace on the ball and whether Solly would have been right through.
“I can understand that a bit. I still think there are referees who would have sent him off as the last man.
“He should have been on a yellow card anyway. He pulled back Anthony Knockaert, which is generally always a yellow card.
“The fourth official, Kevin Friend, explained it to me. He didn’t think Solly would have been in control of the ball.
“Because he’s the last man, and because of the intensity of the game, there would have been a lot of referees who would have sent him off.
“In the end, whether we deserved (a draw) or not – probably not over 90 minutes – when you get a rhythm in the game and are in the ascendancy, you do think it might be your day.”