By Peter Lynch

19th Mar, 2023 | 12:40pm

BBC pundit rages at 'terrible' Luke Ayling incident as Leeds United win 4-2 v Wolves

Dion Dublin has raged that Wolves defender Jonny put in “potentially a 100-per-cent-career-ending tackle” on Leeds United right-back Luke Ayling in Saturday’s (18 March) Premier League clash.

Host Mark Chapman noted that Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui is considering appealing against the decision, with Dublin suggesting that such an appeal would be wasted given the nature of the tackle.

Ex-Swansea and Everton defender Ashley Williams added that such a “terrible” tackle was not a good sight during the game at Molineux, which Leeds won 4-2.

Speaking on Match of the Day about the incident on Saturday night (18 March, 18m54s), Chapman said: “There was talk that Lopetegui might appeal this one. I don’t know.”

Dublin replied: “It would be a wasted appeal, it’s a clear, straight red card. Jonny knows it – everybody knows it. That is potentially a 100-per-cent-career-ending tackle if [Ayling] has his studs in the ground. It’s terrible, it’s a bad tackle. No way will that get turned around.”

Williams added: “It’s a terrible, terrible tackle on Ayling. You don’t want to see that.”

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No complaints

Jonny was initially only handed a yellow card for his rash challenge on Ayling, but referee Michael Salisbury quickly upgraded the offence to red after being advised to check the VAR monitor.

And it was undoubtedly the right decision from the man in charge, with the Wolves defender out of control after his loose touch saw the ball land at the feet of Ayling.

Wolves have now been handed a Premier League-high four red cards this season, with manager Lopetegui complaining after the match that his side have been unfairly treated by referees.

But looking back, he can have no complaints about Jonny’s tackle, with his defender going in far too high on the shin of Ayling with his studs showing.

Both Dublin and Williams played at the very highest level for many years, and their comments about the brutality of the tackle were spot on, with Wolves having no chance of seeing this red overturned.

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton hailed that it was “great telly” in the BT Sport studio as he watched the thrilling six-goal encounter at Molineux.