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John Giles: Jamie Redknapp Talking Hoop About Paul Pogba Tackle

John Giles: Jamie Redknapp Talking Hoop About Paul Pogba Tackle

There was a right squabble in the Sky Sports studio in the aftermath of Man United's 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

The topic of debate centred around Paul Pogba, and his challenge on Dele Alli.

Pogba appeared to scrape his studs down the thigh of the Spurs attacker in the second half, though the Frenchman only received a yellow for the incident.

In the studio, Graeme Souness was of the opinion that it was a definite red, while Jamie Rednapp disagreed:

Redknapp: What he's trying to do is step across the ball to protect it. It looks horrendous don't get me wrong,  it looks like he's gone right over the top of the ball. It's not malicious...

It looks like a red, but personally I don't think it is.

Souness: Sorry Jamie to disagree with you, but I think it is a red card, and there is not one ounce of doubt in my mind that he knew what he was doing.

I understand what Jamie is saying, you step over it and use your strength to keep the player away... but look where the ball is, look where the foot is.

When you're doing that, your studs are always aiming towards the ground.

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On Eamon Dunphy's The Stand podcast, John Giles waded into the debate and rowed in behind ex-RTE pal Souness, criticising Redknapp's take in the process:

I thought Graeme was absolutely right

It was terrible Eamon. If you're kicking someone to protect the ball, then you're kicking someone, it doesn't matter whether you're trying to protect the ball.

It was a very, very dangerous tackle, I thought Redknapp was talking absolute rubbish to be quite honest, I thought Graeme was absolutely right on that. That could've been a red card.

One of the faults in his game, when he's near an opponent, when the ball is around him, he's trying to knock the opponent away from the ball instead of concentrating on getting the ball. And he took that to its extreme (on Alli).

Giles concluded that it was a 'definite sending off', though he did concede that Pogba was not setting out to hurt Alli.

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