Luis Enrique defends Donnarumma's red card

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Luis Enrique has come to the defense of Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (24), who was sent off for a reckless kung-fu kick on Josue Casimir (22) of Le Havre AC on Sunday.

The Italian goalkeeper made contact with Casimir after rushing out of his goal to clear a ball. Donnarumma received a straight red card for the dangerous tackle. This impulsive moment followed a close call just minutes earlier when Carlos Soler saved a shot from Gautier Lloris right on the goal line. Donnarumma was substituted for Arnau Tenas, who made his debut with Les Parisiens.

Despite Donnarumma's red card, PSG went on to win the match 2-0 and extended their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table after OGC Nice stumbled the night before. Donnarumma's reckless tackle could have potentially cost PSG points, but Luis Enrique took responsibility for the incident and absolved his goalkeeper of blame.

"There is no issue with Gigio," Luis Enrique began in a post-match press conference, as transcribed by L'Equipe. "This incident highlights more of a problem in the defensive line than with the goalkeeper, and it's me who instructs the goalkeeper to cover the space, so if anyone is responsible, it's me. Most of the time, it goes well. When it doesn't go well, it's my problem, Gigio did what was asked of him."