Cape Town - Carlo Ancelotti has denied disrespecting the referee after
his Everton side were denied a last-gasp winner against Manchester United.
Sunday's Premier League encounter ended 1-1 at Goodison
Park, where the match finished as crazily as it had begun.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave the Toffees a third-minute lead
when blocking David De Gea's lackadaisical clearance, before opposite number
Jordan Pickford's poor positioning allowed Bruno Fernandes to level in front of
The England goalkeeper made amends with a superb stop from
substitute Odion Ighalo as full-time approached and De Gea pulled off a fine
save of his own before Calvert-Lewin sent Goodison Park wild with what appeared
to be a stoppage-time winner.
But a seated Gylfi Sigurdsson was ruled offside by video
assistant referee Jon Moss when the shot deflected in off Harry Maguire, and
incandescent Everton boss Ancelotti was given a red card upon the final
Calvert-Lewin was shown the contentious VAR decision moments
before giving Sky Sports his post-match interview, with his immediate reaction
being: "That is a disaster. Oh my gosh. He's not even obstructing the line
Ancelotti marched onto the field at full-time and was shown
a red card by referee Chris Kavanagh for his remonstrations, although he had a
more civil conversation with the official once the emotions had settled.
"Honestly, it was a difficult decision," the
Italian said. "I think they check the position of Gylfi - that was
"But in our opinion, it didn't affect the vision of the
goalkeeper. In their opinion, it affected the vision and the movement of the
"My opinion is a really difficult decision."
Asked if he had been sent off before as a manager, Ancelotti
said with a laugh: "It is not the first time - and will not be the last!
"I never disrespected. It can happen.
"At the end of the game, I was a little bit nervous and
maybe the referee also.
"We spoke friendly after the game. No problem.
"If I am banned, I will be disappointed but the stand
of Stamford Bridge (where Everton play next weekend) is really close to the
bench so I will be there."
- TEAMtalk media