Sheffield United’s Mason Holgate Shown Straight Red for Horrific Tackle on Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma

Sheffield United’s Mason Holgate Shown Straight Red for Horrific Tackle on Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma

Byron Pillay
updated at February 18, 2024 at 3:19 PM
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  • Mason Holgate was shown a straight red after VAR intervened for his tackle on Kaoru Mitoma
  • Brighton's Mitoma was lucky to walk away from the potentially career-ending tackle from Holgate
  • Sheffield United fans cheered their player while he was sent off and booed Mitoma after the incident

What was Mason Holgate thinking?

That’s a question on many fans’ minds after the Sheffield United player was sent off for a horrific tackle on Kaoru Mitoma.

Kaoru Mitoma was lucky to walk away uninjured after Mason Holgate's horrendous tackle.
Mason Holgate was given his marching orders for his horrendous tackle on Kaoru Mitoma. Image: Jay Barratt.
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The centre-back, who is on loan at Sheffield from Everton, was first shown a yellow card for his potentially leg-breaking tackle on the Brighton & Hove Albion star.

VAR quickly intervened, and in no time, the referee reversed the decision and gave Holgate his marching orders.

Mitoma was lucky to walk away from the tackle without picking up an injury, or worse, as the challenge had the potential to do so much more damage to the player.

Sheffield’s fans made matters worse by cheering for their player as he was sent off and booing Mitoma as he got up from the challenge.

Fans online were furious with the player, questioning how he could commit such a reckless foul.

Here is how social media reacted:


“PGMOL always amuses me. What are they confirming with VAR? Mason Holgate needs to face a seven-game ban and compensation to Mitoma for the horrendous challenge #SHUBHA”


“Mason Holgate, that is absolutely awful. One of the worst reds I’ve seen this season, if not the worst.”


“This is criminal. Mason Holgate needs to be suspended for the rest of the season on that challenge against Kaoru Mitoma. #SHUBHA”


”Holgate should be Oscar nominated with his acting of complete bewilderment at this tackle being called for a foul, let alone a red card.”

Sadio Mane escapes red card

Sports Brief previously reported on another dangerous tackle that took place this year and how Sadio Mane wasn’t sent off for it.

The Senegalese attacker was lucky to escape punishment after he tackled the Ivory Coast’s Ibrahim Sangare at AFCON.

Football fans were not impressed with the decision, as they felt that the Al-Nassr star should have been given his marching orders.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.