Leeds United news: Pundit feels for 'distraught' Gelhardt after controversy

By Kevin Campbell

10th May, 2022 | 7:00pm

Leeds United news: Campbell feels sorry for 'distraught' Joe Gelhardt as controversy analysed

Kevin Campbell has pointed the finger at Leeds United defender Luke Ayling after he was sent off in a moment of “madness” at Arsenal on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker could not believe a player of the 30-year-old’s experience produced such a “crazy” challenge.

Ayling was initially shown a yellow card by referee Chris Kavanagh for a two-footed challenge on Gabriel Martinelli by the corner flag.

However, on the advice of VAR official John Brooks referee Kavanagh consulted the pitch-side monitor and changed his decision to a straight red.

Joe Gelhardt was replaced by Pascal Struijk minutes later as Leeds boss Jesse Marsch made adjustments to account for the loss of Ayling.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on the incident, Campbell said: “Ayling is supposed to be one of the experienced guys.

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“It was madness. It was such a crazy thing to do in the circumstances. I understand that emotions are high but you cannot do that. You have got to use your experience in moments like that. You have to be in control.

“What kind of message does that send to the youngsters? Gelhardt got a start at the Emirates and then had to get taken off. The young lad was distraught. He is a good player who was denied his chance by Ayling’s decision.

“Leeds rallied in the second half but Ayling cost them. Now they are in the bottom three with three games to go. They have it all to do and they will have to do it without Ayling.”

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