Kevin Campbell has criticized the decision not to send Bruno Fernandes away after his ‘dangerous’ tackle Nuno Tavares.
Manchester United suffered a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday and things could have been much worse for the visitors if Fernandes had seen red.
A crunching tackle from the Portuguese midfielder on Tavares saw referee Craig Pawson hand over a yellow card, but former Gunner Campbell believes he was lucky to stay on the pitch.
“I’ve seen some challenges this season that do not justify red cards but have got them,” he told Football Insider.
‘No one can tell me that Fernandes should not have been sent there. He was like British Rail … He was so late.
– I do not want the referee to ruin the apartment by sending players out, but the thing is, he could have broken his leg. It was so dangerous.
‘The fact is that only a yellow is a joke. I’ve seen players sent out for much, much less.
‘Is that the judge, is it WAS? I give up. The referee was right there and he did not give it. Pawson bottled it. He bottled it because it’s Fernandes and Man United. ‘
Fernandes was also in hot water a few days earlier in the 4-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool at Anfield, and also received a yellow card.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright was quick to condemn his behavior for “talking out” against players.
In a speech on the Ringer FC podcast, the former English striker said: ‘Watching Bruno Fernandes just strike out at people, strike out at Trent really wildly, and then the challenge on Nuno, you look at it and you think to yourself, “That’s not what Manchester United need from you, my friend.”
Manchester United need a lot more than you go around trying to top people. He was lucky not to be sent away. But that’s what it’s about.
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