‘What a farce football has become’ – Fans are furious as West Brom striker Dwight Gayle sees red for late challenge

Furious fans have taken to social media to criticise the decision to send off West Brom striker Dwight Gayle during the Championship Play-Off semi-final at Villa Park.

With mere minutes of normal time remaining, Gayle was given a second yellow for a late challenge on Jed Steer to round off an uncomfortable afternoon for the Baggies at the home of their bitter rivals.

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Dwight Gayle celebrates opening the scoring at Villa Park

Jack Grealish inspired Aston Villa‘s comeback as a late show against West Brom put them on the brink of another Wembley final.

The midfielder set up Conor Hourihane’s leveller and won the penalty for Tammy Abraham to convert and earn a slender 2-1 advantage in the first leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi final.

The goals came inside 202 seconds as the Baggies imploded in the final 15 minutes and had Gayle sent off for a second yellow card late on.

The on-loan Newcastle man will miss Tuesday’s return leg at the Hawthorns having scored a first-half opener after seizing on Glenn Whelan’s mistake.

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Gayle struck hard and low left-footed to beat the keeper in the first half

However, some fans believe the sending off was harsh as Gayle was merely trying to get on the end of James Morrison’s cross.

The 28-year-old was running at such speed and was so desperate to get onto the cross his momentum carried him into the opposition goalkeeper.

And some fans were furious when Graham Scott duly pulled out the red card. Check out the best responses below!

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