FA Cup: Dominic Calvert-Lewin sent off as Everton hold Crystal Palace


Referee Chris Kavanagh shows a red card to Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin (not pictured) during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Thursday January 4, 2024.

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin was controversially sent off as his side held on for a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round on Thursday. Calvert-Lewin saw red after a VAR review of the England striker’s studs-up foul on Nathaniel Clyne late in the second half at Selhurst Park.

Calvert-Lewin made only slight contact with Clyne’s leg while winning the ball and Everton boss Sean Dyche was furious with the decision by referee Chris Kavanagh after a long VAR check.

The first red card of Calvert-Lewin’s career could have been fatal to Everton’s hopes of progressing in the competition.
They also lost winger Dwight McNeil to a serious-looking injury in the closing stages, but Dyche’s team held on through nine minutes of stoppage-time to force a replay at Goodison Park later in January.

“The slow motion shows a different picture. If you want to slow mo everything, you have to slow mo everything,” Dyche said of VAR being used to decide Calvert-Lewin’s fate.

“There’s minor contact, in live time he doesn’t give anything, then they slow it down and everything looks worse slow.
“Even down to 10 men, I thought the mentality was excellent. We showed that tonight with another good performance.”

Five-time FA Cup winners Everton last lifted the trophy in 1995 and have been searching in vain for another piece of major silverware ever since.

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