By George Overhill

21st Oct, 2022 | 3:40pm

Leeds United star Luis Sinisterra issues bizarre excuse for controversial red card against Aston Villa

Luis Sinisterra claims his red card in the goalless draw between Leeds United and Aston Villa came from him wanting to rush the opponents.

The Colombian winger was shown a second yellow card by Stuart Attwell just after half time on 2 October for blocking a free kick from being taken, on a night where Jesse Marsch was very upset about time wasting from the visitors [FourFourTwo].

And Sinisterra has linked his sending off, which he admits he brought about unconsciously, to a desire for Steven Gerrard’s side to hurry up.

Speaking to Voetbal Zone (21 October) he said: “Haha, that won’t happen again. Then take red. I’m not exactly sure what happened and it wasn’t an action out of frustration. It was an unconscious moment. 

“But to be fair, both the first yellow card and the second were given easily. In any case, the red card was unexpected for me. 

“The opponent was wasting a lot of time and a lot of time was lost, so I wanted to rush them a bit.”

Confusing

The unconscious element makes sense as he was standing close to a free kick that the away side were attempting to start an attack from and reacted.

But clearly it does the opposite of rushing them if Sinisterra prevents the restart happening, so it undercuts the explanation pretty comprehensively, and .

It was very much a frustrating night, as a full-strength Whites team looked the more likely to take three points, and had opportunities to do so a man down.

It was a golden opportunity to put down a marker on the long-awaited return to action after a 29-day delay, following the death of the Queen and the international break.

And Leeds United are now ruing that miss as the cumulative effect of two months without a win is mounting and the manager’s job is being called into question.

The recent run of games have contained a multitude of opportunities not taken, whether it be Sinisterra putting his teammates at a disadvantage in a winnable game against a demoralised Villa side, Patrick Bamford missing a penalty in the much-improved showing against league-leaders Arsenal at the weekend (16 October), or everyone missing the mark against an understrength Leicester who were bottom of the table on Thursday night (20 October).

Whether it be self-sabotage or general poor performance, all of the above needs to be addressed fast if Marsch wants to stay in his job and the club want to stay in the Premier League this season.

In other Leeds United news, Henry Winter has shared what happened between fans and players at the end of the defeat on Thursday as the atmosphere turned “toxic”.