CRISTIAN ROMERO was extremely lucky not to be sent off against Newcastle.
The Tottenham defender’s second-half challenge endangered the safety of Callum Wilson with excessive force.
Cristian Romero challenge on Callum Wilson
I wouldn’t blame referee Chris Kavanagh for showing a yellow card as Ben Davies appeared to block his viewing angle.
But Romero, just back from a ban, went over the top, caught Wilson twice and this was a case for VAR intervention and a red card.
Brentford’s Frank Onyeka and Jacob Brown of Luton should have also been red-carded this weekend for similar challenges which went unpunished.
We need to eradicate them from the game because a player will get seriously injured if we continue to allow them.
Romero has just returned from a three-game ban for a straight red card earlier this season.
So that means, had he received the same punishment on the pitch this time he would have picked up a four-game suspension.
Most fans were incredulous at what seemed his fierce follow-through on Wilson’s ankle did not lead to his instant dismissal in Spurs’ 4-1 win.
One viewer hit out: “How is that not a red? Wtf!”
Jacob Brown’s tackle could have seriously hurt Man City star Phil FodenCredit: Rex
Frank Onyeka stayed on despite this challenge on Sheffield United’s Vini SouzaCredit: Reuters
Another argued: “Red card definitely. Looking at similar situations this is obvious. Have some consistency for once.”
A third fan suggested some officials are hesitant to dish out straight reds – because of video replays.
He wrote: “The referee gave a yellow cos he knows he has VAR to fall back on! This has been the referee mentality since VAR has came in! They don’t make the decisions and wait for VAR!”
Many observers reckon Romero is a “beast” – but opinion is split on whether he can, or should, be controlled.
One claimed: “He might not be the same player if you tame him.”
Another fan made a similar point: “Romero’s style might be untameable, an innate part of his game.”
But this post summed up the alternative thinking: “He’s a beast, but he needs to chill. Too many cards, too many fouls.”