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Mohamed Elneny ‘clearly’ deserved red card, says Mark Hughes

Mohamed Elneny 'clearly' deserved red card, says Mark Hughes

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Southampton manager  claims that ‘clearly’ deserved the red card he picked up against his side on Sunday.

The Egypt international started against Southampton and played 90 minutes, before he was controversially sent-off after pushing Cédric Soares.

READ: Arsene Wenger ‘surprised’ by Mohamed Elneny’s red card

He becomes the fourth Egyptian to receive a red card in the Premier League after Ahmed Hossam Mido, Ahmed Elmohamady, and Hossam Ghaly.

“I think there should have been another red. Wilshere should have been sent off,” the Southampton boss said.

“If you look at it again, Jack Stephens has obviously reacted to being pulled back for about 20 yards, which is understandable. It’s not correct but it’s understandable to a certain extent.

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“But I felt if you’re going to send Jack off you have to send Wilshere off for bouncing up. I thought I saw a definite movement with his knee towards Jack. The referee should have seen that and sent them both off.

“Elneny has raised a hand to Cedric’s face. That’s a sending off clearly. Maybe there should have been three,” he concluded.

The straight red card means that he will miss Arsenal’s upcoming three league games against each of Newcastle United, West Ham, and Manchester United.

Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League with 54 points and their next game will be against CSKA Moscow in the return-leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

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