One of the big talking points from the Leeds United win against Sheffield United last weekend was the horror tackle on Tyler Roberts by George Baldock.
He went in two-footed and upended Roberts as you can see in the image in the tweet below. The ball broke to Jack Harrison who saw his effort saved by Aaron Ramsdale.
The referee Graham Scott didn’t go back to the challenge after, with Baldock receiving treatment and eventually going off with a suspected concussion.
How is that not a card?😳 https://t.co/ZGmD9hfIg1
— LUFCMOT (@LUFCMOTcom) April 3, 2021
Oddly, the Leeds players didn’t make much of a fuss on the pitch and Patrick Bamford confessed that at the time the players didn’t think much of it and no one said anything to the ref.
Talking on the Official Leeds United Podcast, Bamford said, “Do you know, when it happened I don’t think any of the boys thought of it as a bad tackle.
“We just thought it was two players coming together and bumping together.
“I didn’t notice he’d jumped in with two feet so none of the boys asked the referee about a potential red card.
“It wasn’t until after the game when we thought, ‘That tackle was naughty.'”
Jermaine Beckford said, “I was out of my chair, I was losing my rag.”
Asked if Roberts said anything Bamford said, “No, he didn’t say anything. He was just like as if it was a 50/50. He didn’t even say he’d gone in studs up. On the pitch there wasn’t really anything made of it, it was a bit strange.
“Looking back on it he was lucky he didn’t get caught bad.”
Roberts was lucky
One of the first things we thought when we saw the tackle was the lack of reaction from the Leeds players.
Two things probably distracted them. First, the ball broke to Jack Harrison and he nearly scored. If that hadn’t happened we’re pretty sure more would have been made of it.
Secondly, Baldock himself was injured.
For Roberts, it must have happened so fast that he wouldn’t have known what was happening until he saw it on a replay.
But that’s what VAR is there for. The fact that the game wasn’t halted and the ref made aware that something serious happened is just bizarre.
As Bamford said, Roberts was very lucky that he didn’t get seriously injured.
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