BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Chris Sutton issued a three-word verdict on West Ham United defender Arthur Masuaku’s red card in the goalless draw against Aston Villa on Monday night.
As per the BBC Sport match report, Sutton labelled the Frenchman as “reckless and brainless” on air following the second-half dismissal, suggesting that referee Mike Dean had made the right decision to send him off.
The second yellow for a swipe at Ahmed Elmohamady followed a cynical challenge on Frederic Guilbert in the opening 45 minutes, as the 25-year-old trudged off down the tunnel for an early bath at Villa Park.
Yes and no.
The former Premier League striker is certainly right to call out the left-back for being reckless, and it was a silly tackle to attempt given he knew he was already on a yellow card from the first half.
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However, a look back at the decision via replays suggested that Masuaku actually made very little contact – if any at all – with the Villa man, and that a second booking was harsh.
VAR was unable to be called upon in the circumstances because it was a yellow card rather than a straight red, but if it had it is likely the decision would have been overturned, despite what Sutton may have said.