Video: Palace lucky not to see red for malicious Saka-injuring foul

Bukayo Saka had got himself a yellow card for tripping Crystal Palace’s James Macarthur, but in the very next passage of play the midfielder appears to maliciously take out the Arsenal youngster.

The referee moved to book the midfielder, but I can’t help but feel this was a little too vicious and obvious not to have been punished with a red card.

Saka did limp off after the incident before seeing out the rest of the half, but never returned for the second half, being replaced by Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Would the referee have reconsidered upon a review of the incident? Could this really have been innocent?


Tags Bukayo Saka Crystal Palace James Macarthur


  1. This is a shame. They should ban him for 3 games minimum after studying the action. No mote of this cheaters. He could have very badly injured someone. Awful. And he seems to be surprised. Just a shame. What a man He can be very proud of such a gesture from behind.

  2. A kid(Saka) who had one of his legs up in the air(including the ball) and the other on the ground got kicked maliciously from behind by someone he had no other intention but to harm him and the culprit was issued a yellow card for such diabolic tackle! Had xhaka done same he will definitely be red carded and also under severe criticism by the media. Still can’t believe that wasn’t a sending off! EPL is shit! Much travesty in the game than one could ever imagine. Referees always making wrong decisions against Arsenal despite the fact that we make the least tackles in EPL.

  3. Indeed this was unacceptable. You could see how malicious the kick was. I think the referee association should look into this and punish retroactively to avoid a repeat from other players( though i guess if it were to be against an Arsenal player the RED would have been shown. VAR where are you????????

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