Manchester United were forced to battle through the closing stages of their 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford with 10 men after Casemiro was sent off.
Jeffrey Schlupp pulled a goal back for the Eagles but Marcus Rashford’s second-half finish ultimately proved decisive after Bruno Fernandes gave United an early lead from the penalty spot.
It meant immediate damage was averted for Erik ten Hag’s side, but Casemiro has been a transformative presence in the United midfield since his arrival from Real Madrid last year.
Following his clash with Will Hughes, the Brazil international is set to miss a host of important games, with United’s date in the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle United at Wembley looming large on Sunday, February 26.
Here’s everything you need to know about Casemiro’s red card, how long he will be banned for, which games he will miss and whether United might be able to overturn the punishment.
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Why was Casemiro sent off against Crystal Palace?
A late challenge from Schlupp on United winger Antony after the midway point of the second half sparked a melee involving multiple players from both sides.
During the prolonged altercation, Casemiro appeared to restrain Hughes by placing his hands around the Palace midfielder’s neck.
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Although referee Andre Mariner did not initially see the incident, he was alerted by the VAR and, after reviewing his pitchside monitor, showed Casemiro a red card.
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How many games will Casemiro be banned for?
The manner of Casemiro’s dismissal means it is classed as an act of violent conduct, which carries a ban of three domestic matches.
It is the same punishment players receive for any straight red card in English football, with the exception of dismissals for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity if the offence in question is not adjudged to be endangering an opponent.
Which games will Casemiro miss for Manchester United?
Deadline-day signing Marcel Sabitzer is set to make his full United debut in Casemiro’s absence against Leeds United in the Premier League on Wednesday.
That game is a rearranged fixture after it was postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September.
The new date for the game falling where it does works well for Casemiro, who will complete his ban following the return league game at Elland Road on February 12 and Leicester City’s visit to Old Trafford on February 19.
In between those games, United are in action against Barcelona in the Europa League, giving Casemiro the opportunity for some competitive game time while he serves his domestic suspension.
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Will Casemiro miss the Carabao Cup final?
No. The five-time Champions League winner will be available to play if fully fit, having missed three Premier League matches.
United’s rearranged game against Leeds is key here. Originally, there were only scheduled to be two league games between the Palace match and the Carabao Cup final, meaning Casemiro would have concluded his ban by sitting out the showpiece.
Is Bruno Guimaraes banned for the Carabao Cup final?
Casemiro is not the only Brazil midfielder with a well-timed ban to serve prior to the Carabao Cup final.
Newcastle United star Bruno Guimaraes was sent off during the closing stages of their semifinal, second-leg win over Southampton for a late challenge on Samuel Edozie.
Like his compatriot Casemiro, Guimaraes’ absence slots nicely into the calendar.
He sat out the 1-1 draw with West Ham and will rest up for the Premier League assignments against Bournemouth and Liverpool before returning refreshed for the trip to Wembley.
Can Manchester United appeal Casemiro’s red card?
United boss Erik ten Hag suggested the club will attempt to get Casemiro’s punishment overturned but conceded they probably don’t have a strong case.
The former Ajax coach accepted his player was “crossing a line”; his frustrations were more in relation to perceived inconsistencies in the implementation of VAR. Christian Eriksen suffered a bad injury after a tackle from Reading striker Andy Carroll in the FA Cup last weekend that went unpunished, while one replay appeared to show Palace striker Jordan Ayew grabbing for Fred in a similar manner to Casemiro’s clash with Hughes in the same melee.
Mobile phone footage of the incident, shared on social media after the match, also showed Casemiro’s entanglement with Hughes did not appear to be aggressive, but rather an attempt to keep the Palace midfielder out of the fray. Indeed, they were hugging on the sidelines shortly afterwards. United may therefore try to argue that Casemiro was not engaged in violent conduct.
“First of all, we have to deal with it and we will do, but it is not right,” Ten Hag said. “It shouldn’t have happened. And last week, VAR doesn’t do anything about the tackle, but this was avoidable and because in this incident there have to be consequences and they are inconsistent and that is not right, that is not fair against us.
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“We have to think about [appealing]. But be fair, we have seen when you’re freezing [the frame], Casemiro is crossing the line. But many more players were crossing the line there.
“We get also some warnings about our team reacting like this and I think you have to do it, you have to protect each other but we want to keep our standards and values at Man United, keep them high.”
Prior to VAR being used in the Premier League, clubs often appealed successfully against red cards once video footage was viewed retrospectively.
The fact this part of the process now effectively takes place during each VAR review makes overturning punishments far tougher.