David Meyler has gotten away with less, and certainly committed worse fouls on Monday night.
The Irish captain has had quite the week. Having impressed during what was a disastrous September international window for Ireland, Meyler was central to Martin O’Neill’s plans against Moldova and Wales.
The Cork native exuded the passion and work-rate that was key as Ireland achieved what had previously looked like an unlikely play-off berth.
Indeed, many of the home crowd in Cardiff felt that Meyler was lucky to stay on the field in the dying embers of the game, after a challenge on Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy. However, the referee was probably right to show him a yellow. It was a booking that means that he will miss out on the first leg of Ireland’s World Cup play-off.
Upon his return to club action today, Meyler continued to catch the referee’s attention for the wrong reasons.
Hull City were playing Norwich, and Meyler was sent off for a second yellow card.
Meyler was tracking back, competing for possession, and in truth it looked to be a harsh yellow card.
The game ended up in a draw, and Hull picked up a point which sees them currently placed in 15th position in the Championship, three points clear of the drop zone and seven points adrift of the promotion play-off spots.
Hat-tip to the Irish Independent.