Ex-FIFA official reacts to Rasmus Kristensen incident with Anthony Gordon in Leeds United v Everton
Peter Walton was happy with Darren England’s officiating when Leeds United right-back Rasmus Kristensen squared up to Anthony Gordon in the 1-1 draw with Everton at Elland Road on Tuesday night.
Kristensen, 25, and Gordon, 21, were both booked when they put their foreheads up against one another’s after the Everton winger barged the Dane over off the ball.
As soon as the incident happened, BT Sport commentator Ian Darke brought in former Premier League and FIFA-listed referee Walton to react.
Speaking on BT Sport 1 at 09:19pm, Walton said: “I saw two players being overly aggressive to one another and a yellow card for the aggressive nature at both looking like two butting stags together.
“There was no headbutt there so there was no red card. VAR would look at this but it’s two cautions for the aggressive behaviour.”
Kristensen was in the mood against Everton.
He’s had a slow start to life at Leeds and he was always going to have a tough task playing against in-form Gordon on Tuesday night.
And while Kristensen had a bit of a poor first half, he was a lot better after the break and had the confidence to rough Gordon up a bit more.
Gordon clearly couldn’t handle that and Everton’s latest fashion disaster decided he’d try and push Kristensen over off the ball for no reason.
He should have been booked for that.
He also should have been booked for butting heads with Kristensen and been sent off.
Everton’s players were in a horrid mood all night with Tom Davies kicking up at Illan Meslier when he had the ball in his hands and Jordan Pickford constantly time-wasting.
It wasn’t a shock that things spilt over both on the pitch and on the touchline.
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