REACTION: Did Fernando Forestieri take a dive against Hull City?

Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri was controversially sent off for a perceived dive against Hull City – and social media took a dim view of the referee’s decision.

Sent off
Seeing red: Forestieri – who has scored 12 goals this season for Wednesday – received the third red card of his English career (Picture from Sky Sports)

THERE was only one main talking point after Hull City’s goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

In the closing stages of the Yorkshire derby at the KC Stadium, Wednesday frontman Fernando Forestieri was sent off for the second game running for a second yellow card.

Television pictures appeared to show that the Owls’ top scorer was brought down by Hull defender Michael Dawson 20 yards from goal but referee Tim Robinson took the view that he had dived.

It was a sense of deja vu for Forestieri, who was dismissed in Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Preston last weekend, with one of his yellow cards at Deepdale also for simulation.

“Michael Dawson has a flick at him. It looks like there is a bit of contact to me. That is Fernando Forestieri’s reputation that has got him sent from the field of the play,” said Sky Sports co-commentator Don Goodman after the incident.

Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal described it as an “unbelievable situation” and thought Forestieri could have broken his leg if he had not jumped over the challenge.

Fernando Forestieri (v Hull City - 26th Feb 2016)
Quick-fire yellows: Forestieri had been booked five minutes earlier for tripping Andy Robertson (Picture from Sky Sports)

Even Hull boss Steve Bruce conceded the decision was “harsh” and Dawson admitted himself he had caught Forestieri, who will now serve a two-game ban and has no grounds for appeal.

“I’ve got away with one. He’s running through, I went for the ball, he went past me and I did catch him,” a candid Dawson told Sky Sports.

“He [Forestieri] is very unfortunate to get the red card. I hope for his sake he can get off with it but I’m not too sure he will. I probably should have gone in the book myself.”

It’s fair to say that most supporters on Twitter were siding with the former Watford striker rather than the man in charge…

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler was just as mystified as anyone…

It looks like one tweeter didn’t have any sympathy with Forestieri…

Nor did this Hull City fan:

4 thoughts on “REACTION: Did Fernando Forestieri take a dive against Hull City?”

  1. Yet again truly abysmal referee , that’s twice in two games foresterri has been incorrectly sent off and no comeback is allowed for the club

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