'Very lucky': Dermot Gallagher reacts to incident in Leeds draw with Wolves
Dermot Gallagher has told Sky Sports that he thought that Romain Saiss was very lucky to not be sent off for a challenge on Raphinha as Leeds United drew with Wolves on Saturday.
The two sides played out a dramatic draw at Elland Road. Rodrigo equalised with a stoppage-time penalty after Leeds had gone behind early on.
The spot-kick sent the ground into a frenzy. But it was not all positive for Marcelo Bielsa’s men, with Raphinha having to come off early on in the second-half.
The Brazilian was injured after Saiss dived in and caught his ankle. He had to be helped down the tunnel and Leeds fans are now nervously awaiting an update on his condition.
The referee did give Leeds a free-kick. However, the decision went the Whites’ way due to a handball. It seemed that Saiss’ challenge went unpunished.
Surprisingly, the VAR took no action against the Moroccan. Gallagher however, suggested that the defender should have been dismissed.
“When I saw this on Saturday, I thought Saiss was very lucky,” he told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think this challenge is too dissimilar from the one which saw Pogba sent off.
“What I would say is that the referee doesn’t have the best view, he thinks Raphinha hurdles Saiss because he actually penalises the Wolves defender for handball.”
Leeds fans baffled by Saiss avoiding punishment, particularly after Struijk red card this season
The frustration for Leeds fans centres around the lack of consistency. Saiss looked to be out of control. And he was some distance from the ball when he made contact with Raphinha.
And clearly, the Leeds winger sustained a serious-enough injury. It left him hobbling off at a time when the Whites were desperate for an equaliser.
One of the reasons Pascal Struijk was sent off against Liverpool this season was the severity of the injury sustained by Harvey Elliott.
Of course, Elliott’s injury was more severe. But the challenge on Raphinha looked a lot worse initially.
With that in mind, Saiss certainly appears to be incredibly fortunate.
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