Yesterday, James Tarkowski produced one of the worst tackles of the season so far as Burnley lost to Everton.
Despite the severity of the tackle, he wasn’t shown a red card despite the fact the tackle seemed to be worse than the one that yielded a red for Pascal Struijk on Sunday when the Leeds defender dislocated Harvey Elliott’s ankle as the Whites lost to Liverpool at Elland Road.
It’s safe to say that the decision to not send Tarkowski off was met with wide spread criticism on Twitter as fans pointed out that it was far worse Struijk’s.
It prompted one fan to describe Struijk’s tackle as a perfect execution of the skill.
The Leeds tackle was a good tackle. The Tarkowski tackle was a good tackle. Thats the only comparison you need.
— Luke Dempsey (@LukeDempsey87) September 14, 2021
Even Liverpool fans echoed this opinion saying Struijk’s red card should be lessened to a yellow.
The tarkowski challenge is disgusting worse than the one in the Leeds v Liverpool game which as a Liverpool fan I hope gets overturned wasn’t a yellow never mind a red just unfortunate
— Mark Campbell (@Drfc88) September 13, 2021
Other supporters were simply baffled by the fact no red card was shown especially in comparison to Struijk’s challenge.
Tackle by tarkowski tonight was miles worse than the Leeds player yesterday…how not a red 🤦♂️
— Mark Hutchings (@mdh2007) September 13, 2021
if we're being honest that Tarkowski challenge on Richarlison was nasty and there is absolutely no need to be going in on someone like that in 2021. More of a red than Struijk's that's for sure
— Harry Adams 🗣 (@haradams1) September 14, 2021
Whereas other fans simply stated that yesterday’s tackle was far worse than the one from Struijk which is hard to disagree with given the recklessness of Tarkowski’s challenge at Goodison yesterday.
That tarkowski tackle is worse than the Leeds one yesterday yet no card?
— ~ (@ArchieGillett) September 13, 2021
The Struijk tackle seems so soft compared to this. Just goes to show that refs are swayed by the outcome of a tackle. If Richarlison would have been injured there, Tarkowski would have been sent off. Also, why can't VAR intervene in these cases? https://t.co/dtW6DzipPR
— nitish (@nitish97) September 14, 2021
Tarkowski's was much more malicious but you're right, even as an unintentional accident Struijk's tackle is way more dangerous due to the scissor
— m .a .i .⅃ (@Draper25Jota) September 14, 2021