FANS and pundits were furious. Ukraine defender Valeriy Bondar turned red for “violently attacking” Scotland striker Che Adams.
John McGinn’s opening goal in the 70th minute and a brace from substitute Lyndon Dykes put Scotland at the top of their Nations League group in a stunning 3-0 win at Hampden Park.
But social media invaded Bondar just as much as the Scots turned up the pressure late.
The Shakhtar Donetsk star has only been booked for ‘rugby tackling’ against Adams.
The Southampton frontman had snaked past Ukraine’s midfield and was hurtling towards the area when Bondar held his ground and shoulder-attacked Adam’s shoulder.
Adams was flattened and on his side as Premier Sports pundit Michael Stewart called for Bondar to be sacked for “wiping out” the Leicester-born ace.
Stewart told viewers: “That tackle might justify a red card, I think.
“Obviously he will think there are defenders there who help produce just a yellow card.
“But you’re watching Bondar here. It absolutely obliterates him.”
Fans on social media agreed, with one saying: “Violent assault – no ‘tackle’. Definitely red.”
And others suggested Adams was lucky not to have been seriously injured.
This tweet summed up that sentiment: “It’s a terribly cynical challenge. They are the ones who can really hurt the opponent.”
Another argued: “What’s the point of VAR if we don’t use it a red card all day.”
And many comments hit harder than Bondar, with claims such as, “That’s not red because he’s last man. It’s red because it’s an assault!”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6275189/che-adams-scotland-ukraine-bondar-foul-yellow-card/ The fans are all saying the same thing as Adams is ‘attacked’ while coming on goal, but the rival sees only yellow cards in Scotland against Ukraine