‘Tyrone Mings heard there was no VAR and chose violence!’ Fans left stunned after England defender escaped penalty after a forearm knocked the ball away in victory over Austria
- Tyrone Mings played an hour before being substituted in England England warm-up win
- But the Aston Villa defender could have easily been sent off in the first half
- Mings gave Austrian star Sasa Kalajdzic a cynical and dangerous forearm smash
- But match officials did not see the incident and the VAR was not in use
- Supporters were stunned at Mings’ brash play in the friendly encounter
- Read the latest Euro 2020 news, including fixtures, live action and results here.
Tyrone Mings has left supporters stunned after somehow avoiding punishment for a cynical and dangerous challenge during England’s win over Austria.
The Aston Villa defender had the chance to impress as centre-back alongside Conor Coady for the pre-European Championship 2020 friendly, with England still without main defender Harry Maguire due to injury.
Although the pair helped the Three Lions keep a clean sheet after their 1-0 win at Riverside Stadium, Mings was incredibly lucky to stay on the field during the first half.
Tyrone Mings stopped a run from Sasa Kalajdzic and cynically blocked the striker with a forearm
The Austrian striker went down after the attack went undetected by match officials
When Austria attacked, Mings cynically blocked Sasa Kalajdzic’s run into the penalty area by dangerously body checking the striker with a forearm to the face.
Fortunately for the defender, not only was the VAR not in use for the international friendly, but the umpire and his assistants also missed the off-the-ball incident that allowed Mings to escape the challenge with complete impunity.
However, it does raise concerns about the English defenders’ abilities as they head into Euro 2020, with their first game in just 10 days against Croatia.
Mings battles Kalajdzic for the ball in a separate incident during England’s 1-0 win
With the VAR up and running for the European Championship, fans were stunned by Mings’ attempt to defend, with one supporter even claiming it would have been an offense in ice hockey.
They said, ‘That’s why football needs a VAR, by the way. Never seen a penalty clearer than this literal Mings body check on Kalajdzic… That’s a violation, even in b***** ice hockey!’
Another supporter claimed Mings would have been given a penalty and sent off if it was during the Euros, saying: “During Euros, with the VAR on it, Tyrone Mings would have given a penalty and sent off. turn into. What the hell is he doing!’
Mings shares a joke with his defending partner Conor Coady after the friendly win
Portions of fans believe Mings took advantage of the absence of the VAR, stating, “Mings heard there was no VAR and opted for violence.”
Others reacted with surprise at the outrageous nature of the challenge, saying “Jesus Christ Mings” accompanied by a laughing emjoi, and another showed sarcasm by concluding that the 28-year-old was “not that type of player.”
Mings eventually left just after the hour after the eventual winner of Bukayo Saka, but only as a substitute after being replaced by Ben Godfrey.
If he appears in the opening game against Croatia, England supporters at least hope he remembers VAR being in use.