Sunderland’s Craig Gardner has previous for shocking challenges against Stoke

Graig Gardner’s straight red card for a shocking challenge on Charlie Adam was disputed by no one.

There have been plenty of discussions this season about whether red cards were correct or not, but referee Lee Mason made the clearest decision in sending off Gardner in the 34th minute of Sunderland’s clash with Stoke.

Gardner has a history of receiving red cards in big relegation battles (see the Wolves sending off in his time at Birmingham) but incredibly, he could have been sent off twice for Sunderland against Stoke this season.

If Andy Wilkinson had reacted differently to the tackle below in October, perhaps things would have been very different.

Arguably worse than tonight’s assault on Charlie Adam.

Would Craig Gardner’s mother even claim he’s “not that sort of player!”

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Footage of the assault on Andy Wilkinson in Stoke’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland is followed by a GIF of tonight’s red card.

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