PHIL JAGIELKA will be hit with a three-match ban today for his disputed foul on Wolves’ Diogo Jota.
The Everton skipper was shown a straight red card by ref Craig Pawson during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Wolves at Molineux.
Getty – Contributor Phil Jagielka insisted he got the ball when he lunged into the Wolves star
SunSport understands there was confusion over the original reason Jagielka was sent packing, with conflicting reports from the match officials and their bosses.
Jagielka is thought to have been told initially he had denied Jota a clear and obvious goalscoring opportunity — an offence which leads to a one-match suspension.
Yet by the end of the game Everton were informed his red card was for ‘serious foul play’, which carries a three-match ban.
Asked if he knew what offence Pawson had punished Jagielka for, Everton boss Marco Silva replied: “We don’t know what he was thinking about.
PA:Press Association The defender was sent off by referee Craig Pawson
“In the first moment he didn’t give the foul and then, after he took one or two seconds, he gave the foul and the red card. But we respect his decision.”
When Pawson’s report is received by the FA today, it is set to complete a triple whammy for Jagielka.
He was sent off just before half-time, was punished again when Ruben Neves smashed home the resulting free-kick and now faces a three-match ban, rather than one.
And the repercussions for the defender could be even worse as his absence opens the door for Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina to bed in.
AFP or licensors Medics rushed onto the field to help Diogo Jota after the challenge Everton’s Phil Jagielka is sent off against Wolves – was it a red?
Jagielka’s red card provoked healthy debate over the weekend over whether he had suffered rough justice after appearing to take the ball before clipping Jota.
SunSport’s online poll asked fans if they thought Jags deserved to see red — and more than 60 per cent said ‘no’.
Toffees team-mate Leighton Baines said: “It seemed harsh.
“In real time it looked a good tackle. I’ve seen it from a wide-angled replay and I still feel exactly the same.”
PA:Press Association Phil Jagielka was given a straight red card for the challenge Wolves 2-2 Everton: Raul Jimenez nets late equaliser to cancel out Richarlison’s double at Molineux