By Kevin Campbell

23rd Mar, 2022 | 7:00pm

Bukayo Saka: Pundit issues verdict on Arsenal controversy - 'you don't want to see that'

Kevin Campbell has applauded referee Andrew Madley for deciding against sending off Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings against Arsenal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League striker claimed the 29-year-old should not even have received a yellow card for his challenge on Bukayo Saka.

As shown by Sky Sports (21 March), Mings caught Saka with his follow through but clearly won the ball first.

Referee Andrew Madley cautioned the Villa defender and VAR official Jonathan Moss did not adjudge there to have been a clear and obvious error.

Speaking to BT Sport post-match (19 March), Saka revealed he asked Madley for more protection during his side’s 1-0 win at Villa Park.

When asked if Mings should have been sent off, Campbell told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “No way.

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“The truth of the matter is, it wasn’t even a yellow card. Mings goes in and wins the ball. He cannot stop his follow through. It just happens to be where Saka puts his foot down. He catches him but there is no way that he can stop that.

“Yes, he makes contact with Saka’s heel but that does not make it an automatic yellow card.

“In the modern day, perhaps it is a yellow card. Is it a red card? No way. Back in my day it would have been play on. It wouldn’t have even been a foul.

“You do not want to see red cards for that. It would have ruined the game.”

In other news, Campbell has revealed he ‘loves’ what he has heard from opposition players after Arsenal footage emerges.