Bradford keeper catches ball ‘miles’ outside his own box and only gets yellow card… but fans think they know why
BRADFORD goalkeeper Harry Lewis caught the ball miles outside his own box this afternoon… but was NOT sent off.
The stopper was in action for his side as they travelled to Newport County in League Two.
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Lewis, 25, caught a high ball several metres outside his box in a moment of madness on 21 minutes.
Much to Newport’s fury, the keeper was only shown a yellow card, despite his deliberate handball.
Their official Twitter account posted: “Absolutely unbelievable.
“Bradford keeper Harry Lewis catches a long ball miles out of his goal and only gets a yellow for it.”
Newport share their Rodney Parade home ground with rugby teams Dragons and Newport RFC.
During today’s match, rugby lines were clearly visible on the pitch, and may have put Lewis off.
Fans believe that the reason he wasn’t sent off was that he didn’t directly prevent a goalscoring opportunity with his catch.
One wrote: “It was a yellow card as no one around him so not a goal scoring opportunity but agreed the lines aren’t acceptable at this standard.”
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A second tweeted: “Did it stop a goal scoring opportunity? No. Move on stop crying.”
Another disagreed: “That’s literally the worst decision I’ve ever seen a ref give in a game live.”
But a Bradford fan responded: “You know the rules don’t you? There’s no reason for a red, it wasn’t goal scoring.”
Newport were left even more furious 15 minutes later, when Andy Cook fired Bradford into the lead.
They levelled on the hour mark, however, via Liam Ridehalgh’s own goal.