Keith Hackett backs Raphinha yellow card in Leeds United loss v West Ham
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Kevin Friend had no option but to book Raphinha on Saturday as Leeds United lost to West Ham at Elland Road, according to Keith Hackett.
Raphinha, 24, opened the scoring with his third goal of the season in the first half but was shown a yellow card for his celebration.
After the Brazilian winger netted, he went up to the Leeds fans and celebrated with them.
Raphinha’s yellow card led to outrage from certain sections of Twitter.
Here’s a selection of tweets about the incident:
Hackett has explained that Friend simply had to book Raphinha as the law was introduced to the game to ensure the safety of the crowd.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Hackett said: “That is a yellow card.
“The law was introduced to stop the potential of injury to spectators with surges.
“There’s nothing to say you can’t celebrate a goal other than don’t take your shirt off like Mo Salah does. But the reality is, once you move off the pitch and towards the hoardings, you’re going to get a yellow card.
“You can argue we’re taking the passion out of the game or whatever but the laws are clear, it’s for the very purpose of ensuring the crowd is safe.
“He deserved his yellow card, I have no sympathy. Perhaps someone should whisper in his ear.
“I don’t think anyone wants to take away the enjoyment of a player scoring a goal but I think the player can do that within the perimeter of the field of play, rather than running completely off and towards the hoardings.
“Kevin Friend has no lee-way to be able to say he’ll manage it. The laws of the game, in that situation, are clear – it has to be a yellow card.”
Raphinha has been booked twice now this season but there’s no doubt that the former Rennes attacker is proving to be a real handful for opposing teams.
Leeds are yet to win in the Premier League this season but if Raphinha keeps getting among the goals, there’s no doubt that maiden victory will come soon.
In other Leeds United news, a member of the backroom staff has confirmed he’s quit Elland Road.