Ajayi bags first EPL red card as West Brom share the spoils at Burnley

BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Semi Ajayi of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the FA Cup Third Round match between Blackpool and West Bromwich Albion on January 09, 2021 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Semi Ajayi got the second red card of his professional career but his EPL side, West Brom managed to secure a point at Turf Moor against Burnley on Saturday.

Ajayi was sent off in the 30th minute but the Baggies fought like a wounded lion despite playing the final 60 minutes with a man less and were rewarded with a share of the spoils.

West Bromwich Albion defender Semi Ajayi thus received his first Premier League red card after blocking a possible goal with his hand against Burnley.

Ajayi was judged by the VAR to have blocked Matej Vydra’s potential goalscoring opportunity in the 34th minute by the use of his hand.

Initially, referee Mike Dean waved play on but a protest from the Burnley players forced the English official to visit the video review by the pitchside which subsequently found the 27-year-old guilty of a foul.

Saturday’s red card was the second time Ajayi has been sent off in his professional career – the first was in an FA Cup game against West Ham United in January 2020 when he received two yellow cards.

Ajayi who has missed only a game out of the 25 games played by West Brom in the league this season is now expected to serve a two-game suspension for the straight red card and he will miss the Baggies trip to Brighton & Hove Albion next Saturday and their visit to Goodison Park to face Everton on March 4.

The Baggies have won just two matches in 25 league outings which leaves them 18th in the table with 14 points.


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