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Jon Wilkin says Wigan Warriors man should have received red card

Jon Wilkin

Wigan Warriors ran riot in the second half against Huddersfield Giants to win 48-12 but it could have been very different if Liam Byrne had been shown a red card, not yellow, in the first minute as pundit Jon Wilkin has claimed should have happened.

Liam Byrne was pulled up for the very first tackle of the game with the Irish international sent to the bin for high contact that saw him make contact with the head.

Referee Aaron Moore explained that there was mitigation which meant Byrne avoided red, but he was still incredibly sent for ten minutes after just ten seconds of the game had lapsed.

Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin has now claimed somewhat facetiously that Byrne should have been shown red based on the fact that St Helens winger Tommy Makinson was sent for a similar offence last night.

“Dangerous Ground” – Jon Wilkin slams current precedent for red cards

Jon Wilkin

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The Tommy Makinson incident saw the St Helens winger sent off after just 12 minutes when he was adjudged to have made contact to the head whilst tackling Castleford’s Tex Hoy.

It was a decision that divided fans but one that caused plenty of shock, including from Paul Wellens who claimed he believed a yellow card would have been sufficient.

Jon Wilkin has now echoed that before contrasting it to the Liam Byrne sin bin whilst reacting to the incident on Sky Sports’ coverage of Catalans Dragons versus Leeds Rhinos.

“It’s not a red card, is it? It’s a yellow card. It’s just a yellow card,” Jon Wilkin argued frustratedly.

When pushed on the fact that the current protocol is more protective regarding head contact, something that has led to far more bans and charges, Wilkin snapped back positing: “Well, Liam Byrne should have got a red card today.

“If that’s where we go with it then Liam Byrne should have got a red card. There was also a head clash between two players that left Tyler Dupree bleeding. That should be a red card then.

“I think it’s dangerous ground. I think that was just a yellow card. Tex Hoy falls, Tommy Makinson maybe or maybe doesn’t touch him. We can’t see then though we’ve watched it ten times.”

Fellow pundit John Wells agreed with Jon Wilkin on the Tommy Makinson decision, claiming that red was the wrong decision and that a yellow would have sufficed.

Wells stated: “I would agree. I would think a yellow card. The attacking player loses height and for me, it was indirect contact with the head. My take was that it was chest first into the head and a yellow card would have been sufficient.”

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  1. A Jarrett

    May 11, 2024 at 7:10 pm

    If Wilkin is so correct why is he only a pundit for Sky and not doing something constructive for the sport.

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