WATCH - Roy Keane has his say on John Lundstram red card against Brighton & Hove Albion - Sheffield United fans fuming

Sheffield United’s task at the Amex got a lot more difficult when they went down to ten men after a red card was issued, via VAR, for midfielder John Lundstram.

Sunday, 20th December 2020, 1:18 pm
Referee Peter Bankes checks VAR for a red card which is given to John Lundstram of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United at American Express Community Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Brighton (Photo by John Sibley - Pool/Getty Images)

The Blades had just begun to get a foothold on the game after making a substitution which saw John Fleck hooked for Oliver Burke, when Lundstram went in hard on Joel Veltman on 34 minutes.

Referee Peter Bankes initially gave a yellow card but was advised to have another look.

When that happens, there’s rarely not a change in the outcome and Lundstram was given a red card for, you would imagine, excessive force.

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United fans for the most part didn’t agree.

@ViewFromJohnSt posted on twitter: “Lundstram plays the ball and gets sent off...a yellow would have been harsh. Replays clearly show it. Game’s gone mad.”

@WillyRoberts added: “Don’t get the red. Obviously going for the ball. Got a decent amount of the ball. Other foot was on the ground. Not high. Yes he made contact but how is it a red?”

However @Justy1Rice osted: “Don’t blame VAR there. That was a ridiculous forceful tackle from Lundstram, Wilder let down by the players again. CW has tried to change it and it was working for 5 mins before that. Hopefully that’s the last of Lundstram.”

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane, working as a pundit on Sky Sports said the right decision had been made.

"No excuses,” said Keane. “[Lundstram] took a bad touch, that's where the trouble starts. He's not in control. It's the referee's job to defend the players.”