Major Newcastle Utd Man City reverse proves Rangers SFA point


Major Newcastle Utd Man City reverse proves Rangers SFA point

Rangers are reeling after John Lundstram was sent off against Hibs – and the VAR decision to overturn a red card for Newcastle United’s Kieran Trippier against Man City shows why.

The Gers were seriously disadvantaged by the decision by Willie Collum to send the influential midfielder off for a cynical second-half foul on Martin Boyle.

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This was despite allowing Jake Doyle-Hayes to remain on the pitch after an identical – and some ways worse – challenge on Lundstram in the first half.

You could almost hear jaws hit the floor across Scotland as Lundstram was flashed the red for a foul that every football fan knows is a ordinarily a yellow card “for the team”.

The decision had a monumental impact on the game, with Rangers leading 2-1 at the time of the incident.

It’s true that Alfredo Morelos then made matters worse by being sent off himself for lashing out at Marijan Cabraja but the point still stands that Collum changed the game by sending Lundstram off.

Kieran Trippier VAR Newcastle United call will have Rangers reeling

The entire thing is made somewhat worse by the fact Scotland is – rather incredibly – planning on introducing VAR halfway through the league season.

If the system was already in place Collum could’ve consulted an assistant referee and rewatched the incident, and we seen down south the impact this could have over the weekend.

Newcastle United’s £12m right-back Kieran Trippier had been shown a red card for a similar foul in the Toon’s eventual 3-3 draw with Man City.

With the score neatly poised at 3-3, referee Jarred Gillett initially sent Trippier off for cynically hauling down Kevin de Bruyne as he tore away in the Newcastle half.

The challenge was higher than Lundstram’s challenge on Boyle and at even greater pace further up the pitch but that didn’t stop the decision being reversed with the help of VAR.

After consulting the TV screen at the side of the pitch, the card was changed to a yellow and Newcastle United will be grateful given the match still had 15 minutes to play.

If this had been in Scotland, it would’ve been a potentially game-changing decision and the smart money would’ve been on City finishing the game as victors.

It points to firstly the possibility of human error on the part of referees but also to the fact that Willie Collum incorrectly applied the rules when it came to Rangers.

With the Gers appealing the Lundstram red card, if it should, as expected, be rescinded, are the Ibrox club due an apology from a referee they’ve raised “concerns” about?