Barnes 'Lucky' Says Former Referee

Last updated : 30 August 2021 By Kevin Markey

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher spoke of Ashley Barnes on Ref Watch on Sky Sports News today.

Burnley's Ashley Barnes jumped into Stuart Dallas with a high challenge as the Leeds left-back looked to clear an attack midway through the first half.

The Northern Ireland international landed on top of Barnes and both players stayed grounded until getting to their feet, upon which Barnes was shown a yellow card by referee Michael Oliver.

Gallagher, though, says that Barnes could have had no complaints if he'd got a red and he was asked to compare the challenge to Granit Xhaka's high lunge on Joao Cancelo in Arsenal's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City the previous day; whereby Xhaka was shown a straight red. 

"I think he's lucky, that's the difference," said former Premier League referee Gallagher on 'Ref Watch' on Sky Sports News.

"I think if you make a challenge like that and you get a red card you couldn't complain.

"Whether the referee felt there was just some contact of the bottom of the foot?

"If he got a red card for that I couldn't stand here and defend him.

Joining Gallagher on Ref Watch, former Whites captain Stephen Warnock said: "It's a red card, really reckless."

Former Leeds United Ladies and England star Sue Smith added: "I was so surprised that it wasn't given."