Wagner insists Ayew deserved the red card against Huddersfield

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The Terriers manager insists the Ghanaian deserved the marching orders on Saturday following a rush challenge on his captain

Huddersfield Town coach David Wagner says referee Martin Taylor was right to show Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew a straight red card in their goalless draw against Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Ayew was sent off after only 11 minutes into the game following a tackle on Jonathan Hogg but Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal vehemently protested the exit of his striker after the game and likened Ayew's tackle to Florent Hadergjonaj's challenge on South Korea international Ki Sung-Yeung.

"The Swansea striker had to leave. The referee was right to send him off after that challenge and it's justifiable," Wagner said as quoted by Huddersfield Daily.

"I disagree with anyone who wanted the two players sent off. One was guilty," he added.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher also believes Hadergjonaj's tackle was quite different from that of Ayew and has backed referee Taylor's decisions.

"Hadergjonaj was saved by bringing down his leg late on before he makes contact," he said.

He added: “All I can think here is that the fact it's so low saved him. It would've been so easy to say, well look that one was that one, this is this one but it's not the same as putting your studs into someone's knee. It's caught him on the shin."

Ayew will miss Swansea's quarterfinal clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup, as well as the league game against Southampton, after his club's decision not to appeal the card.


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