ARSENAL defender Kieran Tierney was held back by team-mates after angrily trying to confront Ezgjan Alioski.
The Scottish full-back was clearly unhappy with his Leeds counterpart for his role in Nicolas Pepe’s sending off.
Kieran Tierney confronted Ezgjan Alioski after Leeds and Arsenal drew 0-0Credit: AFP
The furious Scottish defender needed to be held backCredit: AFP
Pepe saw red for a headbutt on Alioski during Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Elland Road.
And Tierney, 23, tried to confront the Leeds defender after the final whistle, only to be held back by team-mates.
The Leeds man went down clutching his head with Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson on the ball early in the second half.
Referee Anthony Taylor blew his whistle to stop play after not seeing the incident live.
But after just a brief look at the VAR monitor, his decision was easy and he showed Pepe the red card.
Replays later on the half showed Pepe and Alioski tussling a few minutes prior to the red-card incident.
And the next time they came back together, they both pushed out their arms before Pepe took the bait.
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Gary Neville, on co-commentary for Sky Sports, called the action: “It’s Pepe and Alioski. Has Pepe reacted? He’s wandering back towards the Leeds man.
“Oh… he might be in a bit of trouble. Yes, he’s in trouble.
“He’s reacted to the initial contact and Alioski just stands his ground and the head comes towards him. He’s done.”
Pepe had no complaints when the red card was brandished and trudged off the pitch and up the steps back to the away dressing room.
Nicolas Pepe was sent off for this headbutt on Ezgjan AlioskiCredit: Sky Sports
The Arsenal forward was shown a red card by referee Anthony TaylorCredit: Reuters
The decision came in the 51st minute, giving Arsenal 40 minutes to battle away with ten men against Marcelo Bielsa’s energetic side.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta branded Pepe ‘unacceptable’ and accused him of ‘letting the team down’.
He said: “It is unacceptable. Unacceptable. At this level you cannot do it.
“With ten men it is a big disadvantage.
“I really liked the personality of the team when Pepe let the team down, how we stuck to do what we had to do and had a moment or two to win the game, but obviously it makes it really difficult.”
And Patrice Evra also let rip at the idiotic move.
He said: “Pepe should say sorry to all his team-mates, because Arsenal had to change their plans after that.
“Alioski deserves an Oscar… he looked like he’d broken his nose or something.
“But it’s really silly from Pepe. When you’re not playing a lot, and you do that when they gave you a chance, don’t cry if you’re not playing the next games.”
Asked whether Pepe had apologised, Hector Bellerin said: “These things stay in the changing room.
“After the game everyone has a lot of adrenaline and these things need to wait until later in the week.”
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