LEEDS fans have been left incensed by Andre Marriner’s decision to send off Liam Cooper during their match against Manchester City.
Their skipper was dismissed for a high challenge on Gabriel Jesus, having initially been booked before VAR upgraded the punishment.
Cooper catches Gabriel Jesus’ right kneeCredit: BT Sport
Referee Marriner initially books the 29-year-old but is advised by VAR to have a second lookCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Cooper receives a red cardCredit: Getty
The defender did get the ball but was reckless, catching the Brazilian’s right knee with his studs.
Having watched the slowed-down footage, Marriner upgraded Cooper’s punishment to a red card.
Leeds must now hold on against the champions-elect with just ten men.
The visitors had taken the lead just moments before the incident in the 42nd minute when Stuart Dallas finished off a lovely move.
Cooper’s dismissal has left Leeds fans fuming on social media, with many claiming he got the ball.
One wrote on Twitter: “Complete and utter joke the state of decisions in this league!”
Another wrote: “Absolute travesty. This isn’t football anymore.”
But others have backed the decision, with one tweeting: “That is so obviously a red card. Ridiculously high, very late.”
It is currently 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
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