JEREMY HELAN said he was just happy to complete 90 minutes at Huddersfield on Saturday after he escaped a red card for his double booking.
The pacy Sheffield Wednesday winger was booked in the ninth minute for diving and should have been sent off for chopping down Town’s Adam Hammill.
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But it was Town’s management and fans who were left seeing red by the blunder from match referee Mick Russell.
After the game Helan, 20, on loan from Manchester City, said: “I do not know what happened with the second booking. It was quite bizarre.
“I am not the referee and you would have to ask him what happened. I played 90 minutes in the end and I am very happy to have done so!”
Mr Russell clearly booked Helan when he went down in the penalty area but Michail Antonio ran over straight afterwards and the referee ended up writing Antonio’s No7 in his book.
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Wednesday’s players tried to deflect attention by claiming it should have been a penalty, not a booking, but defender Martin Taylor had some sympathy for Mr Russell.
“The referee made a mistake but it is just one of those things,” said Taylor.
“The ref had a fourth official and linesmen out there to help him. Everyone makes mistakes. There were 22 players out there who also make mistakes.”
Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland said the decision was “part and parcel” of football and added: “We should have had a penalty in the first half.
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“It was a stonewall penalty for us, so it is swings and roundabouts. Some decisions go for you and some go against you, that is all part of the luck of football.
“The point extends the decent run we are on at the moment and we are delighted to have kept four clean sheets in a row.”
Striker Mamady Sidibe said Wednesday were happy to cash in on the referee’s mistake and added: “Helan was playing well and we are happy that the luck went with us.”