Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has been sharing his thoughts on the red card incident that occurred during Sheffield United’s recent 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Blades midfielder John Lundstram was sent off towards the end of the first half at the AMEX Stadium for a lunging tackle on Joel Veltman which referee Peter Bankes originally gave a yellow card for.
After consulting the pitchside monitor and reviewing the challenge again, Lundstram was shown a red card, leaving Chris Wilder’s side with 10 men for the second half.
Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, Halsey had this to say on the red card incident.
He said: “As I was watching that game as soon as that [challenge] went in, I went ‘that’s a red card.’
“I’ve had a lot of people on social media saying ‘there was no intent’. Well, intent doesn’t matter, intent has been taken out the laws years ago.”
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Listening to what Halsey had to say on the incident, it’s clear that he was fairly certain Lundstram’s challenge warranted a red card, unlike Bankes who first brandished a yellow.
Despite only having 10 men on the pitch, the Blades managed to take the lead in the second half through Jayden Bogle, only for Danny Welbeck to equalise for the home side in the latter stages of the match with both teams sharing the points.
Given how United have yet to win a game in the Premier League so far this season, they will need to start winning games and try not to get their players sent off in the process if they want to avoid relegation back to the Championship.