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OPINION: 3 Reasons VAR & The Referee Should Not Have Red Carded Ayoze After Tackle On Fornals

The only EPL game that was played yesterday saw West Ham completely dominate Leicester City, the Hammers eventually won the game 4-1 courtesy of goals from Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Michael Antonio.

The huge margin with which West Ham thrashed the foxes would have been a surprise if Leicester City weren't a man short, 40 minutes into the game Ayoze Perez was shown a red card for what can be be classified as a dangerous tackle, West Ham was 1-0 up and the man advantage certainly gave them the edge over Leicester as the game eventually ended 4-1.

The big question here is, did Ayoze Perez deserve the red card for the tackle, well it was a clear stamp and it might have been the right decision to red card him if the below reasons weren't in play.


1. Intention

As a kicker for defending Ayoze Perez, it is clear he never tried to hurt Pablo Fornals,he was just running at full pace trying to get to the ball before his opponents did, but unfortunate circumstances led to what ensued.


.2. Ayoze Was Pushed

If Ayoze Perez wasn't pushed there might not be a tackle at all, the Leicester attacker was running at full pace and he was pushed by Aaron Cresswell, the nudge from the West Ham player took Ayoze into the path of Pablo Fornals which eventually led to the stamping tackle. In fact instead of red carding Ayoze Perez he should have been giving a free kick for the push from Aaron Cresswell.


3. The Impact

A stamp is a stamp, but the impact of Ayoze Perez stamp on Fornals wasn't too serious, the photo review of the tackle seems like it was a very dangerous tackle but Pablo Fornals stood up from the challenge unscathed, he completed the game, which is proof that he impact wasn't as bad as it seemed.


The reasons above should have earned him leniency from the referee and VAR, firstly he had no intention of making such a tackle, secondly he was pushed by a West Ham player which led him to making the tackle and thirdly the tackle didn't cause any damage on the affected player.

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