Kevin Phillips is adamant that James Tarkowski should have been sent off for his challenge on West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen last night.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Bowen “could have snapped his leg” if Tarkowski had made proper contact.
The Burnley centre-half was fortunate to only receive a yellow card after he caught Bowen on the knee with his studs in the second-half.
Bowen, who has become such an integral figure at the London Stadium since his arrival in January, writhed in pain but recovered to finish the match.
Phillips was surprised that Tarkowski was not sent off given Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah saw red for a similar challenge 24 hours prior.
“We have the beauty in hindsight of slowing it down and watching it again. But it was very high with intent.
“We saw the one with Nketiah and I could understand that challenge more because it was a typical striker’s challenge. But Tarkowski is a proven defender who knows what he is doing.
“He had no right to go for the ball and it was very high.
“Bowen was lucky it was just a glancing blow because if he caught him right on the side of the knee it could have snapped his leg.
“I am with David Moyes, it should have been a red card.”
Moyes said: “It was only brought to my attention afterwards but, look, it’s a red card.
“It’s not going to change the result but it’s really disappointing the referee didn’t see it as a red, the linesman didn’t, and we’ve got the chance to go to VAR to make a decision on it.”
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