Raphinha lucky to not be banned v Chelsea after Leeds United incident - Sky Sports pundit
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Paul Robinson feels Leeds United star Raphinha was lucky to escape a red card after he angrily protested Luke Ayling’s red card at Arsenal on Sunday (8 May).
After Ayling’s yellow card was upgraded to a red card, 25-year-old Raphinha confronted referee Chris Kavanagh and was clearly incensed with the decision.
Raphinha was booked by Kavanagh for dissent but the Brazilian continued his ranting until he was dragged away by Jack Harrison.
Diego Llorente and Kalvin Phillips also had to get involved to stop Raphinha from getting a second yellow card.
Robinson, however, feels as though it might have been warranted if Kavanagh also sent him off, leading to him joining Ayling in being banned against Chelsea on 11 May, for his continued protests.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “I’m not so sure why Raphinha felt the need to get involved with it, in all honesty.
“You could see the challenge and there was only going to be one outcome.
“It was an area of the pitch he didn’t need to be involved in and his opinion wasn’t needed.
“He was lucky to escape further punishment.”
Raphinha has been strongly linked with a move away from Elland Road in the last couple of months.
He’s Leeds’ top goalscorer this season, netting 10 times in all competitions and also supplying three assists [BBC Sport].
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