Luton's Henri Lansbury escapes red card for brutal kick on Swansea's Ryan Manning

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Luton Town's Henri Lansbury somehow escaped with just a yellow card despite dispatching Swansea City's Ryan Manning with a savage kick while the ball was not even in play. 

The two Championship sides played out a memorable 3-3 draw on Saturday, but Lansbury's attack also proved a heated talking point. 

Not only did Manning's aggressor stay on the field, but the Swansea man also picked up a booking for his troubles! 

What happened? 

Luton were cruising 3-0 ahead when Lansbury and his right boot came to the fore. 

The midfielder was keen to restart the action with a quick free kick, taking a big swing at the ball following a Swansea infraction. 

Manning, however, found himself in the way, and received the full force of Lansbury's follow-through as he was sent flying. 

Other Swansea players immediately confronted the perpetrator, but when tempers cooled he was only shown a yellow card instead of the expected red. 

The bruised Manning was given an identical punishment for encroachment, having rolled the ball away a split-second before feeling the wrath of Lansbury's boot. 

The bigger picture

Seemingly riled by the perceived injustice of the decision, the incident prompted Swansea to mount a stunning comeback. 

Jamie Paterson and Olivier Ntcham scored to put the visitors within reach, before Joel Piroe levelled the game at 3-3 deep into injury time. 

The draw keeps Swansea just above the Championship relegation zone, with seven points from their opening eight games; while Luton missed the chance to close on a play-off spot and finish Saturday in 13th place. 

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