Leeds ace Raphinha 'lucky' to escape ban as controversy analysed - pundit

By Kevin Campbell

11th May, 2022 | 12:00pm

Raphinha 'lucky' to escape ban as Leeds United controversy analysed - pundit

Leeds United winger Raphinha was “lucky” not to be send off against Arsenal on Sunday, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Gunners and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 25-year-old “lost his head” and should thank his teammates for keeping him away from referee Chris Kavanagh.

Luke Ayling was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Gabriel Martinelli in the first half of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Leeds United.

Raphinha reacted angrily to the referee’s decision, which required the assistance of VAR official John Brooks.

The winger was held back by teammate Diego Llorente but even that could not prevent the Brazilian from a yellow card.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on the incident at the Emirates, Campbell said: “A couple of players did really well to keep Raphinha away from the referee.

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“He lost his head. He clearly didn’t see the replays. I’m sure if he watched the replays he will have no qualms with the decision. It was dangerous from Ayling.

“When he watches it back he will be humbled because that is no way to react. These things happen and when they do you have to stay calm. A lot of these players look up to him. He has to keep his head.

“He lost his head and luckily he was not sent off. It could have been even worse.”

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