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18th May 2022

John Lundstram somehow escapes booking for reckless challenge on Sebastian Rode

Daniel Brown

John Lundstram Sebastian Rode tackle

The referee let him off with this one

Rangers midfielder John Lundstram was lucky to escape a yellow card in the first half of the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Lundstram started in midfield for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side against Frankfurt at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville, and somehow avoiding a booking for a high boot on Sebastian Rode in the first period of the clash.

Lundstram attempted to pluck the ball out of the air, but instead, ended up planting his studs into the head of Rode – who was trying to head the ball away.

The Frankfurt captain received medical attention while on the ground, with blood pouring from his head. After a short period on the floor, he got to his feet and was strapped up.

Given that his white shirt was covered in blood, the 31-year-old had to change his jersey before coming back on to the pitch.

Rangers’ players waited anxiously to see if former Sheffield United man Lundstram would be punished, but referee Slavko Vincic opted against showing the midfielder a card.

How did social media react?

The reaction to the challenge was somewhat mixed, with some social media users insisting that Lundstram should’ve been sent off, while others claimed that Rode lowered his head into the Rangers man’s boot.

One Twitter user said: “Just how lucky John Lundstram was?”

Another added: “John Lundstram very lucky to escape without a card for his high challenge. #UELfinal”.

However, other users disagreed, saying: “Doesn’t even touch him ya softy”.

Another person wrote: “John Lundstram has just kicked a man in the face and not even been booked, written in the stars now surely”.

A fifth said: “If that was granit xhaka not john lundstram he’s being sent off”.