By Mark Smith

17th Oct, 2022 | 10:10am

Garth Crooks stunned as Gabriel red card rescinded in Leeds United loss v Arsenal

Garth Crooks was left stunned at the VAR decision to rescind the red card of Arsenal defender Gabriel against Leeds United on Sunday afternoon (16 October).

The BBC pundit admitted it was a “complete mystery” after the Brazilian highlighted clear violent conduct when kicking out at Patrick Bamford.

Another penalty was also given to the Whites which was chalked off, although that didn’t mean that the officials had to take away that clear red card, with the so-called bigger teams getting decisions again.

Writing in his Team of the Week blog for the BBC, Crooks was as stunned as us seeing Saka in the side after doing nothing for 90 minutes but that one goal that was on a plate.

“Your best striker is not always your best penalty taker as Patrick Bamford and Leeds will no doubt testify after his miss from the spot,” he wrote.

“And why Gabriel saw his late red card for violent conduct rescinded is a complete mystery because that’s what it was – regardless of what the video assistant referee at Stockley park said. There was a time when the referee’s decision was final, VAR has changed that.”


This just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

First of all, it was Gabriel who kept getting in front of a running Bamford, so of course, they are going to collide, but to then kick out when on the floor, it’s unacceptable.

Even if you are going to rescind the penalty, the red card should still stand as it is the most simple example of violent conduct, there will not be a simpler decision.

Slight connection or not, it is just embarrassing to do that as a top professional.

Football is becoming increasingly more infuriating each week with managers even coming out and saying the same thing, so when are these officials going to start learning?

The current crop of officials are nowhere near good enough and it is them also operating VAR, so maybe it is time that more Europeans are brought into the Premier League.

Of course, Leeds will get no answers or explanation about this either.

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