Why it’s wrong to target a booked player… unless it’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Referee Michael Oliver shows a red card to Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal (15) as he is sent off during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal FC at The King Power Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

It didn’t take much for Leicester City to get Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off in the Foxes’ 3-0 victory over Arsenal. After eight minutes, the young right-back was shown a yellow card for a foul on Ben Chilwell. Just under half an hour later, a late challenge on Youri Tielemans put him in the referee’s notebook again, and off for an early shower he went.

The tackle on the Leicester full-back wasn’t one the Gunners youngster needed to make, as he lunged at the ball following his own loose touch. Co-commentators and coaches alike urge caution to players once they’ve been booked. Maitland-Niles didn’t heed these warnings.

But, as it turns out, most players do. Read the full story.


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