Dermot Gallagher says Pereira red for Nottingham Forest was correct call

Nottingham Forest's Hildeberto Pereira is sent off by referee Simon Hooper

The Portuguese youngster was sent off for a second yellow after he celebrated with the Nottingham Forest fans.

Nottingham Forest's Hildeberto Pereira is sent off by referee Simon Hooper

Former referee Dermot Gallagher has backed Simon Hooper's decision to send Hildeberto Pereira off in Forest's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

The 20-year-old had ran off to celebrate with the Forest fans after Henri Lansbury's late equaliser, with the Portuguese's mesmerising run providing the assist for the Forest skipper.

Nottingham Forest's Hildeberto Pereira reacts after being sent offNottingham Forest's Hildeberto Pereira reacts after being sent off

Having been booked earlier, Hooper then branded a second yellow for celebrating in the crowd, meaning that Philippe Montanier's side had to play the remaining moments of the game with 10 men.

Despite it being a situation where common sense surely should prevail, Gallagher has defended the referee, speaking on Sky Sports News, broadcast on Monday September 12.

"He's [Hooper] in a terrible position because he has to do what he's done," said Gallagher.

"The unfortunate thing is if he [Pereira] hadn't had a yellow card we wouldn't really be stood here talking."

Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury scores their second goalNottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury scores their second goal

The decision seemed farcical at the time, with Forest celebrating an unlikely equaliser that involved a piece of breathtaking skill from Pereira, whose over-emotional celebration took him into the crowd and into the referees book. While it was a strange red card, Gallagher believes Hooper did the right thing and followed the letter of the law, showing his support for the referee.

"The poor referee is the victim in all of this.

"It's a mandatory yellow card, he's got no choice. If he doesn't do it then he's going to get the yellow card."

Hooper would have been reprimanded himself had he not given Pereira his marching orders, but incidents like this beg the question should the rules about celebrating in the crowd change.

Despite the red card, Forest held on for a point at Villa Park. They took the lead after a spectacular strike from Apostolos Vellios, but two goals in two minutes from Ross McCormack and Rudy Gestede turned the game on its head before Lansbury's 87th minute equaliser.

Nottingham Forest fansNottingham Forest fans at Villa Park

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