Naby Sarr was deemed fortunate to not be sent off in AFC Wimbledon’s defeat to Charlton as Wally Downes questioned some of the officials’ decisions.

Referee Chris Kavanagh brandished a yellow card to the defender following his late challenge on Scott Wagstaff, minutes after scoring the equaliser.

While the goalscorer was booked, some believe Sarr should have been shown a straight red for the foul.

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“They said to me he shouldn’t have been on the pitch,” Downes said when asked about the booking.

“The linesman made a couple of strange decisions and I thought the referee was influenced by the linesman.

“I don’t know why the linesman made himself so busy with that, and if they got that one wrong … I didn’t see that but of course we’ll see that later on in the week.”

He didn’t refer to either officials running the lines by name, but Dons defender Will Nightingale was similarly puzzled by the refereeing decisions.

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When asked about Sarr’s goal, he said: “In my opinion I didn't think it was a foul on Lyle Taylor [from Terrell Thomas]. He's very good at buying fouls, grabbing hold of the centre back and making it look like he's the one that's been fouled.

“The referee didn't seem to think it was a foul but the linesman has pulled up a few seconds late, in my opinion, so yeah in my eyes I didn't think it was a foul.”

The 23-year-old, who went up against former teammate Taylor in his Kingsmeadow return, also believes Sarr should have seen red – insisting the Wagstaff foul was “dangerous”.

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Nightingale added: “I thought he was already on a yellow as it was, I actually thought he had been booked in the first half because he made a similar challenge in the first half where he came right through the back of someone.

“I think the referee may have thought it wasn't high, in which case fair enough. That's why he's only seen it as a booking.

“But, the way I see it, he's come right through the back of him. He's a big lad as he is, you've got to take that into account.

“I think it's a dangerous tackle. I think the ref's got to protect us, really.”

When asked whether the Wagstaff foul was worthy of a yellow or red card, he said: “In my opinion I think, all in all with the other foul he did in the first half, he should have been sent off at some point in the game.”