Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg opined that West Ham United defender Arthur Masuaku should have been sent off in their game against Everton.
The 24-year-old's flying boot caught Theo Walcott’s neck in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Toffees but the defender only escaped with a caution.
However, Clattenburg, drawing reference to Sadio Mane's stamp on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson early last season, believes referee Martin Atkinson should have brandished a red card instead, and called for the introduction of Video Assistant Referee [VAR] in the English top-flight.
“Arthur Masuaku should have been sent off for his high-boot challenge which came down on the neck of Theo Walcott, for he has clearly endangered the safety of his opponent,” Clattenburg told Daily Mail.
“Look back to last season and the red card issued to Liverpool's Sadio Mane for his high boot on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson - that set the standard for this type of challenge.
“What has spared the West Ham defender a red card here is that Everton winger Walcott was not seriously injured, and referees do take that into consideration.
“The rules state they should not - and that is why Martin Atkinson should have sent off Masuaku regardless - but you often find that referees will wait to assess the extent of the injury before making their decision if they are unsure on the severity of the challenge.
“Ederson, remember, was badly injured and that made the decision easier for the referee on that occasion.
“With VAR, however, such doubt will be removed and all high boots which endanger opponents will result in red cards.”