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Jonjo Shelvey Blames Sir Alex Ferguson for Red Card, Later Apologizes (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterOctober 25, 2016

First he was defiant. Then he was sorry. Then he was slightly less sorry.

Thus is the existence of Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey following his red card against Manchester United on Sunday.

If you haven't seen the incident—complete with Liverpool supporters screaming "He got the ball!"—can be viewed here. Shelvey's reaction, which can be viewed above, is the Set Piece Video of the Day. Enjoy it once again, and then let's have the debate.

There's plenty of debate to be had about the whole thing, not the least coming from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman pointed out that if Shelvey was sent of for leaving his feet in a two-footed tackle, then United's Jonny Evans should have walked as well (via LiverpoolFC.com).

But there's no debating the entertainment value of what followed. As he left the pitch, Shelvey pointed an accusatory finger at United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and bellowed, "That's your fault!"

We hope this means an Internet meme is coming, but for now we'll have to be content with the fallout from the incident. Afterward, Shelvey apologized via Twitter, first to the fans and then to Ferguson.

But Shelvey deleated the second, backhanded apology, which can still be viewed over at BBC Sport.

Now that everyone has (sort of) made up, it's time for the inevitable debate. The questions are numerous.

Did Shelvey deserve to be sent off? If so, should Evans have gone too?

Was Shelvey right? Does Ferguson influence referees too much?

Let us know in the comments below.

 

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