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The ref­eree was ide­ally po­si­tioned to make the cor­rect de­ci­sion on Isaac Hay­den’s dis­missal. In ad­di­tion to that, Craig Paw­son was firm and han­dled the sit­u­a­tion re­ally well.

Those sort of chal­lenges can spark mass con­fronta­tions. This one did not be­cause Paw­son was right on top of the sit­u­a­tion. The way he re­acted and dealt with the sit­u­a­tion was text­book.

Hay­den may have protested his in­no­cence but his chal­lenge en­dan­gered the safety of an op­po­nent, used ex­ces­sive force and there was a de­gree of bru­tal­ity. Try­ing to ex­cuse it by say­ing he played the ball first be­longs to the 1960s or 1970s. It was se­ri­ous foul play and th­ese days the ref­eree has no op­tion but to show a red card.

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