In the 50th minute of Ecuador’s draw with France this evening, Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia saw red for his challenge on full back Lucas Digne. The South Americans needed to win by a two goal margin to qualify from Group E, a task made all but impossible by their captain’s dismissal.
With the performances of referees coming under heavy scrutiny after some questionable decisions in the competition so far, a debate over Valencia’s sending off inevitably ensued on Twitter.
For many, Noumandiez Doue made the correct decision in punishing a potentially leg-breaking challenge.
Don’t think Valencia done that deliberately but asking for bother when you go into a challenge like that…right decision! #EcuadorFrance
— Ryan Ward (@Ryan17ward) June 25, 2014
Valencia is such a dirty player …really now!! — Salma Malaeb (@SalmaMalaeb) June 25, 2014
There might not have been any malice there, but that was a shocker from Valencia. Could have ended Digne’s World Cup there.
— Maley’s Bhoys (@MaleysBhoys) June 25, 2014
Diabolical challenge from Antonio Valencia. Phil Neville, it’s not surprising to see a red card. — Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) June 25, 2014
However, others believed the tackle had no malicious intentions and that Valencia did not deserve to be dismissed.
Very harsh decison. Yellow , no question. A sending off – I don t think so . #Valencia
— Not Rose Tinted (@gpolitica) June 25, 2014
No way Valencia deserved to be sent off. Digne was the one who got in under him, and V clearly tripped over the ball on to him. Rubbish.
— Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) June 25, 2014
Harsh decision to send Valencia off there..boot slipped off the ball & caught the player..studs slightly raised..that’s the only case there. — Richard (@RichardSlade30) June 25, 2014
I don’t think that Antonio Valencia deserved that Red card at all! At least a yellow but no need for a red!
— Antoine Miller (@TheDarkToine) June 25, 2014
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