Southampton request Mike Dean and Lee Mason do not officiate games – BBC Sport

Southampton's Jan Bednarek is sent off
Tuesday’s defeat at Old Trafford was the second time Southampton have lost 9-0 in as many seasons

Southampton have requested referee Mike Dean does not officiate their upcoming fixtures and will appeal against the red card shown to defender Jan Bednarek in their 9-0 loss to Manchester United.

Saints also do not want Lee Mason, who was the fourth official at Old Trafford, to officiate their games.

Mason was the referee in Saints’ controversial defeat by Aston Villa.

Fellow Premier League side Arsenal will appeal against defender David Luiz’s dismissal in Tuesday’s loss to Wolves.

Bednarek was the second player to be sent off for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side when he brought down Anthony Martial and conceded a penalty in the 86th minute.

Referee Dean initially only awarded a spot-kick to Manchester United but dismissed Bednarek after being instructed to watch replays of the incident on the pitchside monitor by video assistant referee (VAR) Graham Scott.

Poland centre-back Bednarek, 24, claimed that “Martial said it’s not a foul” as he left the pitch, before the hosts went on to secure a record-equalling Premier League win.

Against Aston Villa on Saturday, Stuart Armstrong’s effort struck Matty Cash on the arm, however VAR Dean did not instruct on-field referee Mason to award a penalty as he decided the ball had deflected off the defender’s leg first.

Jan Bednarek fouls Anthony Martial
Southampton trailed 6-0 until Jan Bednarek’s late red card reduced them to nine men

Premier League clubs are unable to officially request that certain referees do not take charge of their games but it is understood that Professional Game Match Officials Limited will consider a number of factors when making match appointments.

Match officials for the round of games beginning on Saturday were made on Tuesday.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta criticised referee Craig Pawson’s decision to dismiss Brazil international Luiz at the end of the first half in their defeat by Wolves.

The Gunners led 1-0 when Luiz was shown a straight red card, after he was judged to have fouled Willian Jose and conceded a penalty.

“I’ve seen it 10 times in different angles and I cannot tell you where the contact is,” Arteta said.

Wolves 2-1 Arsenal: I didn’t see any contact – Arteta on Wolves penalty incident

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