Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United: Why Jonjo Shelvey Was Harshly Sent Off

Manchester United defeated Liverpool 2-0 on Sunday following a pair of controversial decisions by referee, Mark Halsey.  First he showed Liverpool midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey a straight red following a challenge on United’s Johnny Evans. Halsey later adjudged Glen Johnson to have fouled United’s Antonio Valencia inside the Liverpool box, leading to an 81st-minute penalty to give United the win.  Replays indicate that both calls were erroneous, with the Shelvey sending-off attracting the most criticism. It was a poor call on the part of Halsey, not that Shelvey did himself any favors with his reckless challenge.  If th...

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