Brendan Rodgers appalled by Kevin Mirallas challenge on Luis Suarez

Oct 1, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; A general view during the game between Real Salt Lake and D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup final soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium. D.C. United won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jim Urquhart-USA TODAY Sports

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wasn’t thrilled with Everton’s Kevin Mirallas’ tackle on his star striker Luis Suarez. In the 36th minute of the game Mirallas came at Suarez with about knee-high. The challenge resulted in a yellow card for Mirallas, but Rodgers thinks the risky and dangerous move should have resulted in Mirallas being sent off.

“I thought Mirallas should have been sent off. It would’ve been interesting if Luis made the challenge,” said Rodgers. “I have seen Kevin for a few years and he looks a real honest player but if you look at it in every way, real time and slow motion, it is a bad challenge. He caught him on the back of his knee and that can end your career.

“It was awful jumping in like that and it took Luis 10 or 15 minutes to try to run it off and he (Mirallas) had another one by the (far) touchline where he’s jumped up and come down on the back of Luis.

“He (Suarez) is a player who can look after himself on the pitch, he is a strong player, but I just think it was a bad challenge. It wouldn’t matter if it was on Luis or someone else it was a naughty challenge. You don’t want to see people getting sent off but if they should be, then that’s what should happen.”

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