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'Reckless': Ian Wright condemns VAR over Aaron Cresswell avoiding red card vs Liverpool

Ian Wright believes Aaron Cresswell should have been shown a red card against Liverpool on Sunday. The West Ham United full-back enjoyed a 3-2 win over the Reds.

Should Aaron Cresswell have seen red against Liverpool? It’s a very debatable one from West Ham’s 3-2 win over the Reds.

Soon after going 1-0 up, Cresswell lunged in to tackle the ball from Jordan Henderson. Now, he did get his foot on the ball but bounced off the top of it.

That led to him going in very high on Henderson, who was lucky not to suffer a serious injury. Cresswell’s left foot went in at knee height, while his right wrapped around the Liverpool captain.

In the end, nothing came of it. No yellow, no foul – nothing.

Ian Wright feels on Cresswell vs Liverpool

Ian Wright took issue with the incident on Premier League Productions. The former Arsenal striker argued with ex-referee Dermot Gallagher that Cresswell was ‘reckless’.

“Dermot, he’s completely out of control of his body going for that,” said Wright. “Cresswell is reckless because his foot has gone on the ball and then could go anywhere off the back of that.

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“So that’s reckless.”

“If I’m in the VAR, I’d be very disappointed in myself looking at that in hindsight,” he later added. “I’d be disappointed seeing that.”

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We think it was a red card. Cresswell went over the top of the ball – the fact he scuffed the very top doesn’t really matter there.

It’s a red card that undoubtedly would have changed the game and made Liverpool’s life easier. They’re very unfortunate in that regard.

But it would only have been luck to get that red. It was a moment of madness from Cresswell, rather than Liverpool buying it. The team can’t look back on that moment as costing them the game – their terrible performance cost them this one.

The red should have come – we don’t deny that – but pointing to it masks a very poor display.

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