By Adefunmiloye Alani

24th Oct, 2021 | 7:40pm

Lineker, Jenas and Keown agree Roman Saiss deserved red card in Leeds v Wolves

Wolves were lucky to finish their match with Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday with all 11 players after Roman Saiss escaped being sent off.

The centre-back tackled Raphinha a few minutes into the second half, and the Brazilian had to be withdrawn due to the impact of the challenge.

Saiss was only shown a yellow card afterwards, and Leeds were awarded a free-kick, but many believed that the Wolves star should have been shown his marching orders.

BBC Match of the Day trio Gary Lineker, Jermaine Jenas and Martin Keown were all baffled by the referee’s decision not to send the defender off after such a serious foul play.

Lineker said [as shown on MOTD]: “We’ve got a tackle to look at, it didn’t get a red card but some Leeds fans are irritated by it. What do you think? It’s a bit reckless.”

Jenas agreed, saying: “If he gets a red card for that I’m not moaning at all. Dangerous or excessive force is what gets you a red card and I think Saiss is out of control there. He catches Raphinha high enough up on the leg.”

Keown was also on the same page with the duo, chipping in: “Yeah it’s bad, it’s excessive, dangerous and it’s careless. I’m not sure why it was only a booking. He should perhaps have been sent off for that.”


Raphinha could not continue the game, and while he has since assured the fans that he is okay, the fact that he could not shake off the knock speaks volumes.

Saiss had no business remaining on the pitch the moment he lunged at the Leeds star, and Robert Jones should have done better.

While his positioning could have seen him miss seeing the best angle of the incident, VAR should definitely have looked at it and helped him out.

Unfortunately, that was not the case and Saiss would have been very relieved to walk away with only a booking.

Leeds have been unlucky this term, with some calls going against them, and they would not have been pleased seeing the Wolves man escape a deserved red card.

Players need to be protected from harsh and rash fouls, but that was not the case at Elland Road yesterday.

The hosts would have fancied their chances of a win playing with a man advantage for the larger parts of the second half, but they had to settle for one point.

In other Leeds United news, a talkSPORT host has blasted a Whites ace in an on-air rant, insisting he is not Premier League standard.