Aston Villa fan targets Raphinha with laser pointer as image emerges from Leeds United draw
Aston Villa must be punished after Leeds United star Raphinha appeared to have a laser pointer shone at his face on Wednesday night.
Eagle-eyed viewers of the 3-3 draw at Villa Park will have noticed a green light flash on Raphinha’s face as he got ready to take a corner kick in the first half.
The laser appears to have been shone from the Holte End at Villa Park, which solely houses home supporters with the away fans at the other end of the stadium.
One Leeds fan managed to capture an image of Raphinha’s face as it had the laser shone on it, as you can see below.
The FA must punish Aston Villa for what we feel is an absolutely disgraceful thing for a football fan to do at a game.
It can be dangerous to do something like that and it’s also not within the integrity of the game to try and obscure a player’s vision when he’s taking a set-piece.
You never really see clubs in England punished for incidents like this as you usually see them taking place in Europe.
However, the FA were fined around £25,000 last year after Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had a laser pointed at him in England’s semi-final win at Wembley at the European Championships [Sky News].
Clubs in the Champions League have also received fines for laser pointers being used to target players in matches [Sky Sports] but we’re appalled that this hasn’t been picked up by the mainstream media.
Leeds fans have been under the spotlight this season due to incidents that have seen bottles thrown onto the pitch and there was also an allegation of racism against Arsenal in December.
We do not condone those incidents at all. But why isn’t the laser pointer at Villa Park being put under the miscroscope?
In other Leeds United news, Barcelona have set sights on one of Raphinha’s younger teammates.