West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob's reputation preceded him for Aston Villa red card

Red Card - Chelsea v West Brom

The Argentine has gotten away with a few nasty challenges this season.

Yesterday saw Aston Villa down local rivals West Brom in an action packed FA Cup quarter final. Villa won 2-0 thanks to goals from Fabian Delph and Scott Sinclair - but the game will also be remembered for a couple of pitch invasions and, two poor sending off decisions.

The referee on the day was Anthony Taylor and, he was, having an exceptional game in the Midlands. He was letting the game flow and it made for a thoroughly enjoyable cup tie.

But in the last 20 minutes, he got card happy. In the end he sent off both Claudio Yacob of West Brom and Jack Grealish of Aston Villa.

After the game there was widespread condemnation of the decisions but in reality, one of the players can only blame themselves.

Not Grealish. He was fouled by Joleon Lescott and the referee simply got that decision wholly wrong. But Yacob's reputation unfortunately preceded him.

Leandro Bacuna went into the challenge with the Argentine hard and in fairness, Yacob did not deserve a yellow card. However, he once again did that little two footed hop that we have seen from him before.

West Brom fans will have to admit the two-footed challenges he has committed this season and although this one was not such a case, Taylor saw something similar, remembered the segment on Match of the Day from a couple of weeks back, and sent him marching.

A mistake, but Yacob's reputation for naughty challenged unfortunately painted an incorrect picture in the referee's mind.

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