Yesterday saw it all kick off at the New York Stadium when Rotherham took on Sheffield Wednesday. The Yorkshire derby took a number of twists and turns, with Wednesday going 1-0 before finding themselves 2-1 down, eventually equalising in the 10th minute of added time. However, in the aftermath of their equaliser, the Owls fumed at the referee.
There’s a red card in the aftermath as Forestieri is shown a second yellow card in a hectic few moments… #swfcLIVE
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) 16 February 2019
With almost every single Sheffield Wednesday player on the pitch running towards the travelling fans in celebration, the referee strangle decided to pick on the 29-year-old Fernando Forestieri to pull to one side and caution. It could have been any of the Owls’ ten outfield players, yet he picked the scorer of their first goal, who was conveniently already on a booking at the time.
His first booking came for a challenge in the 4th minute of stoppage time at the end of the half, and on replay, it seems that the yellow was incredibly harsh. The sending off was first of the season for Wednesday’s star man, meaning that he’ll now have to serve a one-game ban, and that couldn’t be more frustrating when you consider that neither of his two bookings should have been given.
You can read the Owls’ verdict on Forestieri’s red card here:
He didnt leave the pitch so its not a yellow, the fans came on!!
— James Dunning (@greenfingerz_) 16 February 2019
— Charlie (@s_wfc) February 16, 2019
— Éder Militão (@NileOwl) February 16, 2019
— Ben Sampson (@B3N_SWFC) February 16, 2019
While two of their players should of seen red for tackles.
— Tim (@5wfc0wl) 16 February 2019
— Catherine Slater (@CatherineSlater) February 16, 2019
Studs to the thigh- yellow.
Elbow to the face- play on.
Celebrate 99th minute equaliser- red.
— Rob Smit (@RobSmit86049736) February 16, 2019
The Owls hate the fact they now face a game without Forestieri when he should never have ever been booked once.