Gary Lineker leads fury at ‘double VAR check’ which led to Aston Villa red card

Gary Lineker has lead the debate following a controversial 'double VAR check' in Aston Villa's 4-1 home loss to West Ham United on Sunday.

The incident resulted in Villa's Ezri Konsa being sent off after being adjudged to have been denying a clear goalscoring opportunity as the last man with a foul on Jarrod Bowen.

However, his teammate Kortney Hause was only shown a yellow card for a forearm smash on Hammers midfielder Manuel Lanzini earlier in the same passage of play.

The decision by referee Chris Kavanagh, who was not advised to look at the pitchside monitor for the first check, has divided fans on social media.

After the red card, Lineker tweeted: “No, no, no. The ball is going wide. It’s not denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. Not a red. The forearm smash, you could argue was a red, but not that one.”

Konsa's foul on Bowen occurred just outside the penalty as the West Ham winger attempted to burst into the box, although his touch had sent him towards the right hand side of the goal.

As for Hause's booking, Kavanagh did not get a second look at his challenge on Fornals as VAR official Stuart Attwell did not advise him to watch the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Fans were divided in their opinions on the two challenges and the punishments they should have received.

In response to Hause's foul, one fan wrote: “It wasn't violent conduct so not a red card. Making contact with your elbow isn't an automatic red.”

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Another disagreed as they tweeted: “No, a really poor decision. How come the referee didn’t look at both? Is a forearm smash less serious than the slightest brush of the shoulder?”

A third fan made reference to a similar incident in the match between Leicester City and Arsenal yesterday, as they wrote: “All I'll say is if this was a red, why wasn't Evans sent off for Leicester yesterday? Just show some consistency one way or another.”

Leicester defender Jonny Evans was not dismissed for a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite the Arsenal forward being through on goal.

In contrast, Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte was given his marching orders for a last man challenge on Wilfried Zaha in the champions' loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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