Sheffield Wednesday fans on Twitter have hit out at Jermaine Beckford for his comments about Leeds United striker Eddie Nketiah.
In the second half, Nketiah elbowed Wednesday player Joey Pelupessy in the face, with the home fans demanding that the player be red-carded for his actions. But it was an action in play which former Leeds man Beckford thought was accidental and was not deserving of a red.
"He's not meant it," Beckford told Sky Sports (26/10/2019 at 2:40 pm). "For me, he's putting his arms up, he's trying to pin the defender and sometimes these things happen. It's unfortunate. He's a small guy. He's just trying to get his arm into the defender's chest."
Referee Tim Robinson didn't issue a card to Nketiah, who was trying to protect the ball when he was backing in on Pelupessy.
The question was whether or not Nketiah had any intention in his actions, as Beckford was clear in his stance, and the Wednesday fans not impressed with his comments.
His comments about Nketiah were shut down by some Wednesday supporters, who felt the former Leeds man was simply being biased towards his former club.
Beckford suggested that because Nketiah is of a smaller frame to his opponents, he was trying to do his utmost best to win the physical battle, hence the accidental elbow.
VAR is not being used outside of England's top-flight and there are some Wednesday fans who think that he would have been given his marching orders had the system been in place in the second-tier.
Nonetheless, the game ended up finishing goalless, with both defences and goalkeepers producing strong performances on the day.
Here is a selection of Wednesday supporters on Twitter reacting to Beckford's comments about Nketiah's elbow:
Jermaine Beckford “sometime these things happen” about an elbow in the face. Typical Leeds— Peter Gallacher (@Pete_Owlsfan) October 26, 2019
I can’t quite understand why the game is at Hillsborough yet they have Jermaine beckford in the studio ? ?ﾟﾏﾻ♂️ obviously gonna be biased ? #swfc— Dylan Bailey (@SwfcBailey1) October 26, 2019
Commentary biased— michael bailey (@trickybailey1) October 26, 2019
Got to disagree with Jermaine Beckford it was a red card all day long. The elbow has connected with Joeys head. It had to be a red accident or not.— Liam Parkin (@liamardo1) October 26, 2019
Would be screaming for a red if it was the other way around.— Matthew (@Matt_Smith_1983) October 26, 2019
Exactly. No excuse, especially in 2019. If we have VAR, he’s off no question— Peter Gallacher (@Pete_Owlsfan) October 26, 2019
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