Alan Brazil was convinced that West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku shouldn’t have been sent off during the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.
The 25-year-old received his marching orders with 23 minutes left on the clock after picking up his second yellow card after bringing down Ahmed Elmohamady.
Brazil was dismayed at the decision to send Masuaku off and labelled the red card “garbage” as a result.
“Also West Ham’s sending off for me, that was garbage, second yellow – no chance,” explained Brazil on talkSPORT (6:08am, Tuesday, September 17th).
Danny Mills then explained that he thought it was a soft red card and that Masuaku wasn’t helped by the fact it looked worse due to how quickly the left-back went into the challenge.
Yet Brazil wasn’t convinced and insisted it wasn’t a foul worthy of a yellow card.
“You reckon? I don’t think it was a booking, I didn’t even see it as a yellow,” elaborated the broadcaster.
Elmohamady went down easily, and the contact from Masuaku was minimal to say the least as it seems only his arm brushed the Aston Villa winger, however, the 25-year-old shouldn’t have gotten himself in such a silly position. The 25-year-old rightly picked up a yellow card in the first half after bringing down Frederic Guilbert and should have been more careful when it came to attempting tackles as he should have been aware that Mike Dean wouldn’t hesitate to send him off. Masuaku will now have to sit out Sunday’s clash with Manchester United and that is simply frustrating for the team as well as the player. The 25-year-old appears to have established himself as the club’s first-choice left-back and he has now gifted Aaron Cresswell a chance to steal his spot. The only reason why Masuaku won’t be sweating about this scenario is because Cresswell struggled beyond belief in his only league outing of the season against Manchester City as he managed just one tackle despite Pep Guardiola’s side dominating possession (Source: WhoScored).