De Zerbi, after the Sheffield United game, admitted that Dahoud's red was the correct decision. As such, there was simply no logical reason to even start talking about referees. And yet, in two separate after-match press conferences (one of which was for Match of the Day) he comes out with "I don't like 80% of referees".That's a reasonable position.
I also think De Zerbi's position is reasonable.
He is professionally engaged with a group that have consistently under-performed in games he has been involved in.
They have statistically delivered poorer outcomes for his team than most other teams.
He isn't claiming that Dunk's or Dahoud's Reds weren't warranted.
But he has stated that Palinha's was, and was ignored.
It doesn't help, I agree.
But equally the issue existed before RDZ started commenting on it.
De Zerbi is a very intelligent guy and, I'm sure, doesn't say ANYTHING without being fully aware of the likely consequences.
If I was being cynical I could very easily believe that:
* after one of the most disappointing results of his tenure, only drawing at home to the worst team in the division, who had been bottom
* in a game where his team should have been out of sight at half-time
* where his team imploded after a sending-off for a reckless challenge by an experienced midfielder who should have known better
* to leave his team winless in the PL after six matches, the longest run since he took charge
he chose to make some comments that dominated the narrative of the post-match discourse. Job done.
I have no idea if those comments had any direct impact on Dunk on Saturday (or, indeed, subconsciously had an impact on Anthony Taylor) but they weren't at all helpful to ANYONE (except maybe De Zerbi the other weekend, if you are being cynical).