Aston Villa won their first game of 2017 earlier this evening, winning 1-0 at home against Derby County. Unfortunately, Villa utility man Leandro Bacuna was sent off in the dying moments.
Protesting furiously as a throw in decision was given (perhaps controversially) against him, Bacuna confronted the linesman, and some contact was made between the two, and as a result, the referee opted to shiw a red card.
Our own writer, Jack Grimse took the following footage, check it out for yourselves:
And another angle:
Shoutout to Jack for posting those, go follow him at @JackGrimse.
Now, a player CANNOT make contact with any of the officials, and so it has to be a red card, no question. Even though Bacuna may have been in the right in terms of arguing his case for a throw in.
SAYING THAT, sensationalist scumbags The S*n branded it "a shocking headbutt". And like I said, though it's bad, it is no way near as bad as that. This gives y'all a chance to decide for yourselves.
Bacuna's red card does nothing to mar what has been an excellent result for Villa, ending a dreadful run of games.