Danny Murphy: Ivan Toney should have been SENT OFF against Fulham

Danny Murphy insists Ivan Toney should have been SENT OFF before scoring his penalty against Fulham… urging that the Brentford hitman ‘knew exactly what he was doing’ by catching Sasa Lukic in the face

  • Ivan Toney helped Brentford edge out a 3-2 win against Fulham on Monday night
  • Danny Murphy thinks he should not have been on the pitch to score his penalty 
  • The Bees star caught Sasa Lukic in the face with his studs but avoided a red card 

Brentford striker Ivan Toney should not have been on the pitch to score his penalty against Fulham on Monday night, insists Danny Murphy. 

Toney’s spot-kick helped the high-flying Bees edge out a narrow 3-2 win against Marco Silva’s side in west London, taking Brentford level on points with Brighton in the Premier League table.

In what emerged an entertaining contest between two in-form outfits, Fulham forward Manor Solomon cancelled out Ethan Pinnock’s early strike for the hosts, before Toney, Mathias Jensen and Carlos Vinicius found rippled the net in the second-half.

Toney, who Sportsmail revealed last month could be set for a lengthy ban after pleading guilty to FA rules breaches, nearly picked up a suspension against the Cottagers for his challenge on Sasa Lukic.

The Brentford forward caught Lukic in the face with his studs during a tackle, although VAR decided not to issue a red card upon review.

Danny Murphy is adamant Ivan Toney should have been sent off for his challenge on Sasa Lukic

Toney caught the Serbian in the face with his studs during Brentford’s 3-2 win against Fulham

Murphy could not believe Toney had escaped a red card, insisting the striker ‘knew what he was doing’ by leaving some on the Serbian. 

‘He knew what he was doing there,’ Murphy insisted whilst on commentary duty for talkSPORT.

‘It’s a sending off, he knows what he’s doing. That’s how I used to tackle myself, you go over the top with your straight leg and you leave it there.

‘Trust me I’ve played the game long enough, it’s a red card. They won’t give it because they won’t understand. I know what he’s doing.’

The former Premier League star went on to explain what he used to do whilst making those sorts of challenges during his playing career.

‘Toney, I love him, he’s great but that’s a red card,’ Murphy added.

The specialist penalty-taker went on to net from the spot, firing his side 2-1 ahead on Monday

Danny Murphy, who was on commentary duty with talkSPORT, insisted that it was a red card

‘The way you get away with saying, “I’m not trying to hurt an opponent” is you always say the same line, “I’m trying to protect myself”.

‘The reason I’m adamant is because that is exactly how I used to tackle. You come in and once you miss the ball you leave your leg straight, so whatever hits your leg after it’s gone straight is going to come off worse than yourself.

‘The cut on the cheek isn’t the problem because you can accidentally put your stud on someone’s face, but when you go through the ball and you have a straight leg… it’s a red card all day, every day and twice on Sundays.

‘They [VAR] will have checked it but interpreted as an accident.’

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