Paul Konchesky should have been sent off for Simon Ferry tackle – Graham Poll

Konchesky should have seen red for dangerous tackle

Referee Darren Drysdale was well positioned to see Paul Konchesky's dangerous tackle on Swindon's Simon Ferry. It was an obvious red-card tackle: it was unsafe.

Drysdale saw the tackle clearly but failed to appreciate the nature of the challenge. It was dangerous and committed at pace.

Tough tackle: Konchesky was fortunate to stay on the pitch after this dangerous tackle on Ferry

Tough tackle: Konchesky was fortunate to stay on the pitch after this dangerous tackle on Ferry

Tough tackle: Konchesky was fortunate to stay on the pitch after this dangerous tackle on Ferry

It was not a 'traditional two-footer'; both feet were not directed into the opponent, but they were off the ground.

That means Konchesky cannot have been in control of his movement and endangered the safety of his opponent – the key phrase in law. Konchesky's intent was clear because he left the ground with both feet.