Fleck grabbed the Argentina midfielder to the side of the head following a challenge just in Spurs’ half of the field, but remained on the pitch when a VAR review ruled it was accidental.
Although he protested his innocence in front of referee Andre Marriner, Fleck breathed a sigh of relief when Peter Bankes decided that no further action was needed after reviewing footage of the incident at Stockley Park.
But Mason said, “I thought it was a red, yeah. It should have been a pure red to me, especially when you look at some of the things people have been sent for recently.
“I was really surprised by what happened and how he stayed. Especially when you consider that the referee (Bankes) got a chance to take a look at things from his video sequel. But he did, and I have to say I was really surprised.
Gareth Bale netted a hat-trick before Son Heung-Min’s effort ended a miserable night for United in north London.
Paul Heckingbottom, who was placed in charge of interim visitors until the end of the campaign, said: “I’ve heard people say Flecky could have gotten away with one. I haven’t seen a replay but, for me, there is no hiding place on a lot now because there are cameras everywhere.
“So I hope after taking a look the refs both did their jobs.”
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This notice was published: 2021-05-02 21:17:30