West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has condemned Jake Livermore’s red card for that reckless tackle on Jack Grealish that saw him sent off and has threatened to strip the captaincy from him.
Just on his first game in charge after taking over from Slaven Bilic, West Brom were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa after playing with a man down following Livermore’s sending off.
This mean Allardyce would have to make history to keep his relegation-free record as no team in the Premier League era has avoided the drop after having less than eight points from opening their 14 games.
Villa took the game to West Brom inside five minutes with El-Ghazi putting one into the bottom corner from a mid-range cross from Bertrand Traore.
Livermore made that awful tackle against Grealish that saw him recieve a yellow card initially which was overturned after referee Martin Atkinson went to the screens to check after a VAR prompt with a send off following his review leaving West Brom with 10 men in the game before half-time.
You could see the disappointment on Sam Allardyce’s face as Livermore walked off the pitch after he was being sent off.
Villa added two more goals, one from Bertrand Traore and the other again from El-Ghazi from a spot kick.
Asked about the captaincy, Sam Allardyce said: “If whoever has the armband for the next three games can handle it, they can keep it for me.
“This is the third sending-off of the season, and you cannot keep getting sent off in our position.
“I just won’t accept another sending-off otherwise we’ll have no chance of getting out of trouble. The last thing we need is having our captain suspended for three games because he didna reckless thing on the pitch.
“You don’t need to make the tackle like that. He’s an experienced player but he’s decided for whatever reason to lunge, and we know today with VAR you fear the worst. I had to agree with that decision. “