Ralph Hasenhuttl has been charged by the FA after sarcastically saying he knew James Ward-Prowse would be sent off thanks to Mike Dean being in charge of VAR for Southampton’s loss at Chelsea
Initially shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson for a late tackle on Chelsea’s Jorginho, Ward-Prowse was then upgraded to a red after Dean advised his colleague to review the incident on the pitch-side monitor.
Post-match, a sarcastic Hasenhuttl suggested he already knew the outcome of the review due to Dean’s involvement, who Southampton “don’t have a good history with.”
“I knew when Mike Dean was on the VAR that the referee would go and have a look at it,” the Austrian told BBC 5 Live on Saturday, October 2.
He then reiterated his feelings to local outlet BBC Radio Solent by saying: “I always have a bit of a problem when we know Mike Dean is on VAR because we don’t have a good history with him, to be honest.”
The score when Ward-Prowse was shown a red card in the 77th minute was 1-1, with Thomas Tuchel ‘s side scoring twice late in the game though Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell to take all three points at Stamford Bridge.
It was the England international who had cancelled out Trevoh Chalobah’s earlier opener by dispatching a penalty 16 minutes prior to his dismissal.
A statement from the FA read: “It is alleged that comments made by the manager during two post-match interviews constitute improper conduct in that they questioned the integrity of the VAR match official and/or implied bias and/or bring the game into disrepute.”
Hasenhuttl has until Tuesday to respond to the charge of two breaches of Rule E3.
And the Saints’ boss has suffered another blow with the absence of striker Che Adams for their match at home to Leeds on Saturday, joining the suspended Ward-Prowse on the sidelines through injury.
Of the St Mary’s clash, Hasenhuttl admitted: “It will be maybe one of the most intense games all season.
“The passes that the opposition manage to complete against them is the lowest in the whole league.
“When we speak about pressing in our game, they are even more aggressive and they do it all 90 mins,” he explained.
“This game will not always be nice to watch, because of the pressure we will both put on each other – so don’t expect a five-star dinner, you won’t see that.”
Hasenhuttl added: “It will be about winning duels, winning second balls, using the space, there will be a lot of bad passes – and I’m sure this is how they play.”