Following an FA review, QPR goalkeeper Asmir Begovic’s red card punishment during Leeds United’s win on Wednesday was lifted.
The Whites are preparing for another home game this week after defeating QPR on Wednesday thanks to Crysencio Summerville’s early goal.
Leeds weren’t at their best, but they didn’t need to be in order to come out on top against Gareth Ainsworth’s men.
Controversy involving Patrick Bamford and Asmir Begovic
In stoppage time, Pascal Struijk found the run of Patrick Bamford with a searching long ball, which the striker slammed beyond an oncoming Asmir Begovic, who rushed in with his studs high in the air.
Begovic’s challenge caused Bamford to go to the ground, however there was no contact from the R’s stopper, as Bamford soon got up and pointed to Begovic, as if he knew there was nothing in the tackle.
Begovic’s reaction didn’t help matters, with the captain becoming enraged at the officials as he made his way to the tunnel, forcing striker Lyndon Dykes to wear the goalkeeper gloves for the rest of the game.
Has justice been served?
Now, the FA has stated that the R’s wrongful dismissal appeal has been upheld, which means that Begovic will not serve a ban and will be ready for today’s game against Blackburn Rovers
Even though it was evident that Begovic did not touch Bamford, it seemed to be an odd decision to reverse in retrospect.
Whether or not there was contact, Begovic’s challenge was at waist height with his studs thrust up, which is an extremely dangerous effort to tackle the striker.
If that had happened anywhere else on the field with someone other than the goalkeeper, it would have been a red card.