Did Pearce break Vydra's leg? No! And surely that should be the measure! Dear God, if red cards were chucked around like that in the seventies, Leeds would have finished every game with nine men - or less!
Football is a physical game, a game played by men, and men have to accept challenges like that. So what if a tackle like that could cause serious injury? That's part of the game isn't it Neil? Yes players may suffer broken legs, but broken legs are part of the game aren't they? Pearce never went over the top of the ball. His foot never left the ground apparently. So what that it connected with Vydra? So what that Pearce threw the full weight of his body into the challenge and took Vydra out in a way that would secure a red card in rugby? So what that Pearce was deliberately cheating? It's kicking thin air before impact with the opponent that matters! Technically, that was never a red card!
I'm sure Austin fully supports the idea that challenges like Pearce's should not be punished with red cards. I'm sure Austin accepts that broken legs are just part and parcel of the game. I'm sure Austin wants to see the game revert back to the days when dirty play went unpunished and when the likes of Hunter, Charlton, Bremner and Giles could kick opponents for fun. I'm sure he's saying precisely that to the nurse tending to him this morning.
In fact, given Warnock felt that red card for Pearce was wrong, it's odd that Austin's leg break spoilt the rest of the game for him, causing him to "lose interest" in the match. Just percentages apparently. There should have been a lot more challenges like Pearce's before a leg was actually broken in a Leeds game!
What was the referee called? Kettle. I would suggest that this was a case of the Pot Bellied Calling The Kettle Black but I don't want Anton Ferdinand on my case!