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MARK CLATTENBURG: Ashley Barnes’ elbow on Tyrone Mings looked bad

MARK CLATTENBURG: Ashley Barnes’ elbow on Tyrone Mings looked bad and I can understand why many thought the Burnley striker should have been sent off… it was strange that he didn’t even get a yellow card

  • Ashley Barnes elbowed Tyrone Mings in the face in Burnley’s draw with Aston Villa
  • But the Burnley striker somehow managed to get away with the incident.
  • Barnes then scored a penalty for the Clarets to help secure a vital draw.
  • The striker was very lucky not to pick up a card for the elbow infraction

Ashley Barnes scored Burnley’s first goal from the spot at Villa Park, but I can understand why some people think he shouldn’t have been on the pitch.

His elbow on Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings looked bad, particularly in slow motion.

Professional players always argue that it is a red one, feeling that it is a violent and deliberate act. They would say it didn’t matter if Barnes looked at Mings or not. This is where the referees, who usually see this as a straight yellow, would benefit from having been players.

Ashley Barnes elbowed Tyrone Mings in the opening moments of Burnley's clash at Aston Villa

Ashley Barnes elbowed Tyrone Mings in the opening moments of Burnley’s clash at Aston Villa

Barnes was lucky to escape an early red card after his challenge at Mings

Barnes was lucky to escape an early red card after his challenge at Mings

On this occasion, referee Paul Tierney strangely did not show any cards.

Burnley secured a vital point at Villa on Thursday night in their battle against relegation from the Premier League, with Barnes scoring his first goal in 15 months from the penalty spot.

In the early stages of the Premier League fixture at Villa Park, Barnes had jumped to contest an aerial ball with Tyrone Mings, hitting the England international in the face with his elbow in the process, but avoided penalty for the foul.

Barnes jumped for a header without looking at Mings and declared his innocence after the match.

The striker would later give Burnley the lead from the penalty spot at Villa Park.

The striker would later give Burnley the lead from the penalty spot at Villa Park.

Barnes celebrates his goal which helped secure a point for the Clarets in their relegation battle

Barnes celebrates his goal which helped secure a point for the Clarets in their relegation battle

“I didn’t even know what I had done until I came in at half time and they put some fingers in my face,” Barnes told Sky Sports after the match. ‘I can’t see anything wrong or what I’ve done.’

Buendía made amends for Villa in the second half after committing the penalty to equalize for Steven Gerrard’s men.

Burnley now head into the final day of the season at home to Newcastle knowing they will survive another season in the top flight if they can match Leeds United’s result at Brentford.

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