Report reveals why Gabriel’s red card was overturned and it’s a bizarre reason

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Leeds United were really unlucky not to have come away with at least a point against league leaders Arsenal last weekend.

The two sides, who met at Elland Road, were both gunning for all three points, but it was Mikel Arteta’s Londoners who came away narrow one-nil winners.

However, prior to referee Chris Kavanagh blowing for full-time, the atmosphere inside the stadium had reached a fever pitch.

With just moments left in the game, Kavanagh blew and pointed to the spot, awarding Jesse Marsch’s Whites with a last-gasp chance to salvage something.

Striker Patrick Bamford had already missed a penalty earlier in the game and also had a goal disallowed, so it was fair to say that the Englishman wasn’t having the best of luck – and unfortunately, it didn’t improve.

Arsenal defender Gabriel was deemed to have kicked out at Bamford inside his area with the defender also shown a red card.

However, after a quick VAR inspection, Kavanagh was called over to the pitchside monitor to relive the incident.

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Speaking about the incident, Arsenal site ‘The Daily Cannon’ have offered up a theory that the referee’s decision changed after seeing the footage back and that didn’t point to the spot for a foul, but instead for Gabriel denying a goal-scoring opportunity.

Therefore, once he arrived at that conclusion, Kavanagh, who saw Bamford foul Gabriel earlier in the build-up, was left with no choice but to downgrade the South American’s red card to a yellow.

Yeah, we don’t really get it either…

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  1. You do not get it?!? B******t. You just do not like it because it is going FOR Arsenal and not AGAINST them. It was downgraded because there was not a contact with the kick only intention. And penalty was not given as it was a foul against Gabriel.

    1. dream on sunshine…..ridiculous ref !!!!!! same as some of last weeks decisions against liverpool etc. etc.

  2. Blatant push by Bamford on Gabriel to induce a reaction….bugger pushes for foul, some one else need to pay huh? SOAB!

  3. I’d say there was no penalty kick because Ramsdale already had the ball. But the red card should stand. Arsenal was lucky.

  4. The real first infringement was Gabriel stepping Infront of Bamford to block him. ( That’s obstruction)
    Then Bamford pushed him because he was obstructed.
    I can’t believe nobody has mentioned this yet.

    Correct decision.. indirect free kick to Leeds. No cards needed.

  5. You do not get it because you don’t always get it …
    Leeds player was supposed to be the bad guy there.. He pushed Gabriel first . And even at that, where was the ball at that moment ?
    To even think of a penalty at that instance is ridiculous

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