Leeds United: Pat Nevin stunned by Gabriel red card decision
Pat Nevin was left stunned by Chris Kavanagh’s decision not to send off Gabriel during Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Leeds United.
The Brazilian was initially given his marching orders after kicking out Patrick Bamford in the 93rd minute of the game which resulted in Jesse Marsch’s side being awarded a penalty.
However, after consulting VAR, the official felt Bamford had in fact fouled the Brazilian and that Gabriel kicking out was only worthy of a yellow card, a decision that left Nevin in disbelief.
Talking on BBC Radio 5 Live [16:35, 16 October], he said: “Apparently that is not violent conduct. If the ball is nowhere near you and you stick both feet into an opponent, that is violent conduct!”
Nevin is spot-on in his take on the decision. Gabriel should have been sent off for lashing out despite Bamford initially committing a foul. In the modern game, you cannot kick out like the defender did and not be sent off.
The decision ultimately would’ve had little impact on the outcome of the game but there is still a requirement for a better standard of officiating in this country. All fans are asking for is consistency across the board and at the moment we’re seeing different decisions every single week.
For Leeds and Marsch the next two matches are crucial. A trip to Leicester City represents an excellent opportunity to put their away woes to one side and arrest their worrying slide down the table. The performance against the league leaders was encouraging, but points on the board is what is required for the American.
If Leeds fail to pick up at least four points out of their next two fixtures then real questions will begin to be asked of the boss. Sadly time is a rare commodity in football and considering the amount of money the Whites spent of the summer, there will be an expectation for results to follow.