- During the FA Cup match against Manchester United, three Fulham players were given straight red cards and dismissed.
- Fulham had taken the lead with a goal from Mitrovic in the second half, but United levelled through a penalty from Bruno Fernandes.
- United eventually secured their place in the last four of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win, while Mitrovic is likely to face the most severe ban out of the three red-card incidents.
Three Fulham players were collectively dismissed by the referee in an unprecedented event during the FA Cup match against Manchester United after receiving straight red cards. Willian was the first player to be sent off after the referee assessed his hand-ball incident using VAR in the 72nd minute with Fulham leading. Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham was dismissed shortly after for shoving the referee at the result. Marco Silva, the manager of Fulham, exited his coaching area and was also dismissed by the referee. The referee had to dismiss him for approaching the official close to the VAR monitor.
Mitrovic had given Fulham the lead in the second half until a Burno Fernandes penalty in the 75th minute levelled the score for the Red Devils. With a significant man advantage, United scored in the 77th minute through Marcel Sabitzer, and Fernandes added another goal in injury time to give his team a 3-1 victory.
3 RED CARDS! ?— Faz (@planetfaz) March 19, 2023
At this moment Fulham knew they messed up! ????? pic.twitter.com/KsdkSBziqE
72' – ? Willian— Md Badrul Hasan (@MdBadrulHasan16) March 19, 2023
72' – ? Mitrovic
72' – ? Marco Silva
FULHAM GOT A TRIPLE RED IN 60 SECONDS ? pic.twitter.com/LwZqimgliw
After the match, Fulham manager Silva commented on the red cards and expressed his disappointment with Aleksandar Mitrovic’s actions. He stated that Mitrovic should control his emotions better and acknowledged that he had to accept his own sending off for approaching the official near the VAR monitor.
Fulham’s frustration also stemmed from a first-half penalty appeal for a foul on Mitrovic, which VAR did not award. Silva expressed his disappointment that VAR was not used in that instance and suggested that the pressure may have influenced the officials.
Mitrovic is likely to receive the most severe ban out of the three red-card incidents, and his actions could have a significant impact on Fulham’s future performances.
Despite the controversy, Manchester United secured their place in the last four of the FA Cup with the eventful victory over Fulham.