Should Angel Di Maria get the same punishment as Pompey’s Paul McCallum?

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Both manhandled a referee - but should Manchester United’s Angel Maria escape with less than the four-match punishment imposed on Pompey striker Paul McCallum.

Our chief sports writer Neil Allen says the incidents in Pompey’s League Two match with Southend and United’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal were not exactly the same - but that refs always need to stand up against intimidation from players.

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria (left) protests to referee Michael Oliver before being sent off during the FA Cup, Sixth Round match at Old Trafford

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria (left) protests to referee Michael Oliver before being sent off during the FA Cup, Sixth Round match at Old Trafford

Paul McCallum

Paul McCallum