Alan Shearer & Danny Murphy involved in controversial MOTD debate following last night’s Everton defeat

During last night’s Match of the Day, Danny Murphy has got fans talking after suggesting that Jonjo Shelvey shouldn’t have been sent off as it was a ‘genuine attempt to win the ball’ and the referee has got ‘no common sense’ to send him off seconds before the final whistle – and Alan Shearer strongly disagrees.

Shearer’s not the only one either, with several football fans tuning into MOTD sharing their disbelief at Murphy’s comments in defence of Shelvey.

For me it was a careless challenge. Yes he has to try and make it given we were chasing the game and for that he is a tad unfortunate, but Shelvey isn’t a clean tackler and could and should have been cleverer when all things are considered?

Here’s the pairs exchange on Match of the Day last night:

Danny Murphy: “I don’t think it should be a red card (for Shelvey).

“That (the first one) is a yellow because he (Shelvey) is running back and trying to stop a breakaway. Lennon is too quick for him.

“Less than 60 seconds before the end and a genuine attempt to win the ball, the lad has rolled over 17 times.

“The referee has got no common sense – 45 seconds later he blows the final whistle.”

Alan Shearer: “I would beg to differ on that because is there is a minute left, there would be uproar if a referee fails to send him off and then he gets up and scores the equaliser.”

Danny Murphy: “It is a genuine attempt for the ball and no malice, nowhere near the goal.

“He (Jonjo Shelvey) is unlucky, and Newcastle were unlucky, even though Alan was fuming.

“Newcastle hit the woodwork twice and played ok.”

Alan Shearer: “He is on a yellow card…whether the last minute of half an hour to go, you still can’t go in for a tackle like that.”


Fair to say quite a few football fans tuning in (and plenty Everton fans) did not agree with Murphy one but:

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