By Craig Scott

10th Feb, 2022 | 1:10pm

BBC pundit slams 'crazy' Aston Villa defender Konsa in draw v Leeds United

Stephen Kelly blasted Ezri Konsa after the Aston Villa defender elbowed Illan Meslier in the 3-3 draw against Leeds United on Wednesday night.

Referee Jarred Gillett sent Konsa off for a second yellow card offence after he barged elbow-first into the Leeds goalkeeper in the latter stages of the Premier League clash at Villa Park.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live about the incident, ex-Ireland international Kelly hit out at Konsa for the needless offence.

As quoted on BBC 5 Live Sport’s Twitter account, the BBC pundit said: “That’s crazy.

“There’s no need for that whatsoever at this point in the game.”

Ridiculous

We cannot really have any complaints about the way Gillett officiated the game on Wednesday night because the Aussie referee did quite well.

And while the result of Konsa getting sent off was the right one, we do feel as though Gillett bottled the decision to hand the Aston Villa a straight red card.

Let’s look at the incident for what it was.

Konsa deliberately put himself in the way of Meslier to stop the Leeds goalkeeper throwing the ball out quickly and launching a counter-attack.

As we know, Marcelo Bielsa has the players capable of orchestrating devastating, quickfire attacks and there’s a good chance that Villa players were aware of this.

As Konsa went to slow Meslier down, get in his way, foul him or whatever, the Villa defender raised his arm and pointed his elbow, connecting with the Whites goalkeeper’s head.

That’s a deliberate elbow, no matter how you look at it.

He should be banned for three games instead of the one that he’ll serve for picking up two yellow cards.

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