Kiwi Winston Reid in hot water after kicking EPL opponent in the face in West Ham win




All Whites defender Winston Reid has reopened a debate among football fans over the ruling of endangering players after he kicked Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie's face in West Ham's 2-0 Premier League win this morning.

Reid made contact with Mounie's head while contesting a ball late in the first half.

Despite the referee stopping play, Reid escaped a booking with the challenge not being deemed worthy of a free-kick.

The issue is being hotly debated at the moment after Liverpool's Sadio Mane was red-carded for a similar incident where his boot collected Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson's head.

Mane was in that instance deemed to have endangered the player in the contact - Reid this morning was not.

After the match, UK Sky Sports commentators Jamie Carragher and Sam Allardyce argued from either side of the debate in Reid's case.

"I wouldn't like to see this be a red card, we can't say every time someone puts a foot up near someone's head its a red card because of Mane," Carragher said.

"He isn't flying through the air like Karate Kid, like Mane and Ritchie were - if Mane hadn't have happened, would we be analysing this now?"

But former West Ham and England manager Allardyce was less convinced.

"He has caught him hasn't he?" he said.

"He has endangered the player, he could have done anything there, he could have caught him in the eye, he could have split his eye open."

West Ham went on to win the match with goals to Pedro Obiang and Andre Ayew in the final 18 minutes.

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