Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has said Lucas Digne's red card in Everton's defeat to Southampton on Sunday was 'inevitable'.

The French left back was given his marching orders by referee Kevin Friend in the 72nd minute of the 2-0 defeat at St Marys after a number of attempts to stop Kyle Walker-Peters ended in him treading on the Saints player's heel as he chased after him.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti called the decision a 'joke' after the game and said the club would be appealing the decision, which carried with it a three-match ban for Digne.

But Gallagher, speaking to Sky Sports (cited by Hitc), said while he did not feel there was intent from Digne to hurt his opponent, the clumsy nature of the challenge means it is unlikely to be overturned.

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“I think you’ve got to give a red card for that", Gallagher said.

"I’ve spoken to a lot of people who think otherwise but when you put your studs down somebody’s Achilles you are always going to be sent off for serious foul play.

“I fully accept he didn’t mean to do it and he didn’t mean to be malicious.

"But there are a lot of tackles players make that are not meant to be, that are mistimed and clumsy and they get sent off.

James Rodriguez (L) is congratulated by Everton's Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) as he is substituted during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Brighton Hove and Albion at Goodison Park

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"I just think it’s inevitable he’s going to be sent off for that.”

If Digne's ban is not overturned, he will miss Everton's next three Premier League fixture away to Newcastle on Sunday, at home to Manchester United the following Sunday and away at Fulham on 21 November.