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Official: Gerrard red card is stupidest sending off this term

| 23.03.2015

Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea last year may have halted the Reds’ run to the title but at least it was an unavoidable accident.

Should the Anfield club miss out on the top four and the Champions League this season, as a result of their captain’s mindless stamp on Ander Herrera, it will no doubt weigh heavier on his conscience.

And this has been reflected by the latest Ladbrokes News poll, which showed that our readers believe Gerrard’s dismissal is the stupidest red card offence seen this season.

Following his early bath, in a game that saw Manchester United beat their bitter rivals for the third time since Louis van Gaal’s arrival an overwhelming 48 per cent of voters said Gerrard’s offence was the silliest.

Angel Di Maria came second in the poll with 28 per cent of the votes after his double yellow – for diving and then pulling refer Michael Oliver’s shirt – saw him see red in United’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

Worcester player Shab Khan was shown some sympathy, however, with just 13 per cent of our voters labelling his wresting slam against Stockport the worst offence.

James Vaughan, who saw red for removing his shirt after scoring against Norwich, picked up eight per cent of the vote, and bringing up the rear was Wycombe’s Matt McClure.

The Wanderers striker came on as a sub and featured for just 3.7 seconds before getting his marching orders but it seems the majority of readers feel he was hard done by against Tranmere earlier this season.

Liverpool have now drifted to 7/2 to reach the top four this term and unless Gerrard can somehow spur his side to a revival his final campaign at Anfield could be remembered for all the wrong reasons!

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.