Leeds United fans have every right to be furious about Wolves striker Raul Jimenez not being sent off in the Whites’ 1-0 defeat on Monday night.
Jimenez scored what turned out to be Wolves’ winner in the 70th minute despite Leeds dominating the possession and shooting stats for most of the game.
However, the Mexico international should have been sent off towards the end of the match for kicking out at Leeds defender Robin Koch.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay described Jimenez as having a “little kick” at Koch after he went down and added that VAR didn’t seem bothered by the second-half incident.
Leeds fans, however, were incensed. And it seems the players were furious with Jimenez escaping punishment too.
Sky Sports posted on their Instagram an image of Jimenez’s kick at Koch and asked whether their followers though the Wolves forward was lucky to avoid a red card.
Leeds midfielders Mateusz Klich and Kalvin Phillips suggests they thought the Mexican should’ve been sent off as they reacted by liking the post.
Why else would they like an image of their team-mate being kicked at by an opponent player? It’s obvious what Klich and Phillips thought of the incident and Leeds fans have every right to be furious too.
Jimenez could’ve seriously injured Koch and who knows what would have happened if Wolves were reduced to 10 men for the latter stages of the match? We saw West Ham score three goals from the 80th minute onwards in their 3-3 draw with Spurs on Saturday – Leeds could have won against a 10-men Wolves.
With VAR in the game, there is no excuse for incidents like this to happen without any kind of punishment.
We saw in Everton’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool that VAR can be an absolute joke at times.
With so many replays, cameras and officials watching the matches, there is no excuse for potentially injury-inducing challenges to be ignored.
Jimenez should have been sent off and that could have been all Leeds needed to get something out of that game.
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