Roy Hodgson, manager of Crystal Palace criticized Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk for intentionally kicking the ball at Jordan Ayew. Causing him to receive his first yellow card before being sent off in the team’s 1-2 home loss. Premier League last Saturday
The Eagles took the lead before a Jean-Philippe Mateta penalty, but the team was reduced to 10 men when Ayew was sent off the field by two yellow cards and a red card. Until conceding two goals to Mohamed Salah and Harvey Elliott ended in defeat.
After the game, Hodgson expressed his displeasure with Van Dijk’s actions. Who deliberately took a quick free-kick by kicking the ball at Ayew, who couldn’t back up in time. Causing him to receive the first yellow card of the game.
“Van Dijk took advantage of the chance to get him his first yellow card by kicking the ball at him from a few yards away. It’s really disappointing,” Hodgson said.
“I think if you’re a club of Liverpool’s level. You don’t want a player of Van Dijk’s quality doing things like that in a game to try and get a yellow card for the opponent by just kicking the ball at him.”
“As for the second yellow card, I think it was a good tackle. Suppose that even if it is a foul But it’s definitely not a yellow card.”
“The only yellow card I agree with was Joachim Andersen’s moment in the end when he got irritate and kick at the opponent.”