Gareth Ainsworth has revealed that Patrick Bamford told him there was no contact in the challenge that resulted in Asmir Begovic’s dismissal in Leeds United’s win over QPR.
According to Phil Hay, Ainsworth was saying following Leeds’ 1-0 win over the London club at Elland Road on Wednesday night, during which Begovic was sent off in stoppage time.
Bamford took advantage of a long ball from Pascal Struijk inside his own half, outrunning goalkeeper Begovic.
Begovic’s foot was high and nothing near the ball, causing Bamford to leap out of the way and fall.
As a result, the referee was compelled to reach into his pocket and brandish Begovic with a red card, resulting in attacker Lyndon Dykes being sent off.
Ainsworth talks about what Bamford told him after the game.
QPR manager Ainsworth acknowledged after the game that both Bamford and Begovic informed him that there was no contact in the challenge.
“I’ve had confirmation from both players that there was no contact,” he said. Patrick’s a fantastic young man, he stated he leaped out of the path.”
Given the admission from both players at full time, it is likely that if QPR challenge the red card, it will be overturned.
Leeds’ primary concern is that Bamford does not face retrospective action and instead receives a ban as a result of the lack of touch.
Bamford has only recently returned to duty for Leeds after suffering a hamstring injury in preseason, and he looked excellent in his cameo against QPR.