By Pranav Shahaney

3rd Oct, 2022 | 6:40pm

Former FIFA referee shares if Leeds United ace Luis Sinisterra deserved red v Aston Villa

Chris Foy claims that referee Stuart Attwell made the right call to send off Luis Sinisterra in the Leeds United v Aston Villa clash on Sunday.

Leeds held on for a 0-0 result at Elland Road after the Colombian received a red card as he was shown two yellows on the evening.

He made a needless challenge at the halfway line despite being on a yellow and he left his team in some danger until the end.

Foy, a former FIFA referee, told Premier League Productions (03/10, 16:21), “Such a silly silly thing to do. You’re always going to get a yellow.”

Lesson learnt

This was certainly a tough one to swallow and referees tend to be more lenient with players that are already on yellow cards.

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He should’ve given him a final warning and not killed the rhythm of the game so early in the second half.

We’ve seen these kinds of tackles often not even blown for fouls, let alone shown yellow cards so this was extremely harsh and killed Leeds’ chances of winning the game.

There is no level of consistency in the officiating and it could’ve cost the Whites dearly if they did not hold on to the draw and Jesse Marsch would undoubtedly have blown his top in the press conference.

As it was a yellow card, VAR could not intervene because if they could, they certainly would’ve asked the man in charge to have a second look at things and there’s a very good chance he would’ve changed his decision.

However, for Sinisterra this is an important lesson learnt and he knows he’ll now be walking on thin ice whenever he’s on a suspension.

In other Leeds United news, an Elland Road-linked midfielder is now certain to leave his club in the coming weeks as a host of Premier League clubs are vying for his services.