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Nobody Can Understand How Luke Ayling Was Initially Given Yellow Card For Two-Footed Challenge On Gabriel Martinelli

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Nobody Can Understand How Luke Ayling Was Initially Given Yellow Card For Two-Footed Challenge On Gabriel Martinelli

Luke Ayling was sent for an early bath in the first-half of Leeds United's crucial Premier League clash against Arsenal after a horrific two-footed challenge on Gabriel Martinelli.

Things went from bad to worse for Jesse Marsch's side at the Emirates. In the opening minutes, Eddie Nketiah netted against the Premier League strugglers after a howler from Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

The 22-year-old forward refused to celebrate against the club he spent a loan spell at during the 2019/20 campaign.

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Nketiah, who has been given a run of games under Mikel Arteta of late, then scored his second just minutes later to make it 2-0.

And with relegation rivals Everton playing well against Leicester on Sunday afternoon, things didn't get much better for Leeds.

The Whites went down to 10 men before the half hour mark after full-back Ayling was giving him marching orders by Chris Kavanagh, although VAR had to be consulted, to the bemusement of many.

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You can see that challenge below.

On his 500th appearance for the club, Ayling was rightly sent off and will be suspended for the rest of the season.

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Here's how social media reacted to the challenge.

One fan wrote: "What on earth is that kind of utterly insane challenge in this day and age from Luke Ayling? Horrendous two-footed leap in. Raphinha should have been sent off for dissent as well 100%."

Another commented: "Completely unnecessary and very dangerous from Luke Ayling. No debate that that’s a red card."

A third said: "Luke Ayling letting the club down when we need him most. Been a great servant but that isn't good enough."

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Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics:Β Leeds United, Arsenal, Premier League

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