Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that Dejan Kulusevski should have been shown a red card for lashing out on Brighton defender Marc Cucurella last week.
In the first half of Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Brighton, Kulusevski seemed to swing his hand at Cucurella, with the Seagulls star reacting by holding his face. Referee Craig Pawson produced a yellow card for the Tottenham winger at the time.
Dejan Kulusevski received a yellow for an elbow on Marc Cucurella and Enock Mwepu wasn't punished for a high foot… should either or both have been sent off? 🟥 pic.twitter.com/BKp8GuxOn0
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 17, 2022
The incident has created quite a bit of controversy, with the likes of Jermaine Jeans claiming the Sweden international was using violent content and deserved to be sent off (BT Sport 16/04/22 via Daily Mail).
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has claimed that the Spurs winger threw his arm back in petulance rather than in an effort to hurt the Brighton defender and a yellow card was a fair punishment (Sky Sports).
However, Agbonlahor has now insisted that he does not understand why Kulusevski escaped a sending off.
The former Aston Villa striker told Football Insider about the incident: “It was definitely a red card. It was a bit of arrogance that you’ve not seen from Kulusevski. When the games not going his way, he showed that big of arrogance and deserved a red card for it.
“It was more frustration at his own performance because he wasn’t having a good game. I don’t understand why that wasn’t a red card, it’s 100 per cent a red.
“You need that arrogance but not in the way he had on that day. He had it like ‘You can’t touch me, you can’t press me, you can’t bump into me’. He should have had a red card been punished.”
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I think a yellow card was a fair decision by Pawson but some referees might have sent Kulusevski off for the incident and the Swede could not have had too many complaints.
I am sure Conte or one of the coaches will speak to the 21-year-old about the incident and warn him to control his emotions when opposition players try and get under his skin.
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