Alex Greenwood’s 100th milestone appearance for Manchester City was soured after receiving a controversial red card against Chelsea. The defender, who led her side out in their second Women’s Super League game of the season, was sent off after picking up a second yellow for apparent time-wasting in the first half.
Following her decision to dismiss the Man City captain, referee Emily Heaslip was met with a wave of boos after the half-time whistle. Greenwood picked up two bookings inside 20 minutes after initially being cautioned for a foul early on in the half. The England international received the red after Heaslip deemed her to be wasting time while taking a free-kick.
Both Laia Aleixandri and Chloe Kelly were booked for dissent after the incident, and summer signing Jill Roord also picked up a yellow at half-time for the same reason. Heaslip showed a total of seven cards during the first half, plus the yellow after the whistle for Roord.
Greenwood red card sparks frustration
Despite Kelly’s stunning goal to take the lead against the champions, the hot topic of conversation was Greenwood’s red card. As well as debate among the team in the studio, fans and professionals have taken to social media to argue the decision.
WSL stars including Beth Mead and Ruesha Littlejohn posted their confusion on Twitter. Others have also weighed in on the matter, including San Diego Wave manager Casey Stoney. You can watch the Greenwood red card incident below.
The moment Alex Greenwood received a second yellow card, resulting in her sending off, for ‘time wasting’ 🤯— Her Football Hub (@HerFootballHub) October 8, 2023
“Awful decision, never time wasting,” Arsenal and England star Mead wrote.
“That’s an absolute shocker. That’s not time wasting,” echoed Aston Villa and Ireland’s Littlejohn.
Stoney followed up: “Possibly the most ridiculous red card I’ve ever seen. How to ruin a game.”
Former Man City star Izzy Christiansen stated it is ‘absolutely not a yellow card’ and assured followers she would be ‘discussing it later on.’
Awful decision, never time wasting 🤦🏼♀️🤯— Beth Mead MBE (@bmeado9) October 8, 2023
That’s an absolute shocker. That’s not time wasting 😂— Ruesha (@RueshaLJ) October 8, 2023
That is absolutely not a yellow card……🤯 will be discussing that later on…— Izzy Christiansen (@IzzyChr17) October 8, 2023
Possibly the most ridiculous red card I’ve ever seen. How to ruin a game @BarclaysWSL. Absolute joke!!!!!— Casey Stoney MBE 💙 (@CaseyStoney) October 8, 2023
City were dealt another blow when Lauren Hemp was also sent off in the second half after two yellow cards. Gareth Taylor’s side ultimately settled for a draw after Guro Reiten equalised late into stoppage time. At the time of the goal, Man City were down to eight players, with two dismissed and Alanna Kennedy briefly off the pitch due to injury.