Sevilla manager Pablo Machin feels that Roque Mesa’s “ridiculous” red card changed the tide of their derby against Real Betis
The Spanish midfielder was handed a second yellow card after blocking Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez from taking a quick throw out.
Substitute Joaquín Sánchez then scored the match-winner for Betis to become the oldest scorer in a Seville top-flight derby at 37 years old.
“It was a ridiculous decision that changed the game,” said Machin, as quoted by Football-Espana.
“When you have the technology to see this, you cannot send a footballer off for this and indeed, it should have been a penalty and a red card for the goalkeeper, it completely changed the game.
“Roque was outraged with the decision because he knew he had already been booked and he told me that it was the goalkeeper who hit him, and the images corroborate that information.
“We had chances to win the game, Mercado’s header over from the Navas cross but when the red card came the game changed.”
Sevilla will return to action on September 16 at home to Getafe in La Liga.