Lyle Foster’s Red Card for Burnley Leaves Football Fans Divided Over Decision

Lyle Foster’s Red Card for Burnley Leaves Football Fans Divided Over Decision

Byron Pillay
September 19, 2023 at 9:27 AM
  • South Africa's Lyle Foster had a game to forget when he represented Burnley against Nottingham Forest
  • Foster first had a goal disallowed by VAR and was then sent off for violent conduct late in the game
  • Football fans aren't sure whether Foster deserved to be sent off and debated the matter on social media

Lyle Foster’s fairytale start in the English Premier League has hit its first stumbling block, thanks to VAR.

The South African scored two goals in two games for The Clarets but didn’t have things his own way against Nottingham Forest.

Lyle Foster reacts after receiving a straight red card.
Lyle Foster had a night to forget in Burnley shirt as he had a goal disallowed and was then sent off. Image: Shaun Botterill.
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Foster did have a bright start for the squad as he assisted Zeki Amdouni’s opener before Callum Hudson-Odoi’s first goal for Forest meant that the tie was all level, Sky Sports reported. VAR then reared its head and ruined Foster’s night.

The Bafana striker was first denied a goal, which was disallowed for a handball in the buildup, and was then shown a straight red card late in the game for violent conduct.

Some football fans aren’t convinced that VAR made the right decision.

Some argued that Foster was trying to shrug off the defender, while others believed that he was too aggressive.


“I don't know, guys wasn't he trying to shrug him off?? I see why they gave a red but is it a red card offence though.”


“He was intentional with that. Deserved red. Better act calm next time.”


“That's not a red. The Forest player is clearly holding him, and all he is doing is shrugging the player off of him... Need I remind you, this is the same ref that didn't give Tyrone Mings a red card for a boot to the chest on Cody Gakpo.”


“You can take a footballer out of Orlando Pirates but you take Orlando Pirates out of a footballer.”


“Huge lesson for him.”


“Not sure anymore what is a red card worthy or not.”

Foster scores first EPL goal

As Sports Brief previously reported, Foster scored his first goal in the English Premier League.

The South African attacker, who joined Burnley in the January transfer window, finally bagged his first goal in the top flight of English football.

Foster grabbed a stunning goal in the Clarets' game against Aston Villa to net not only his first goal in the league, but Burnley’s first as well.

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