By Ben Miller For Mailonline
Published: 16:59 BST, 20 September 2020 | Updated: 17:34 BST, 20 September 2020
Yves Bissouma was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Jamal Lewis during Brighton's Premier League win at Newcastle after referee Kevin Friend consulted a pitchside monitor following a check by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Technology intervened with a minute of normal time remaining after Albion midfielder Bissouma caught opponent Lewis in the face with his studs as he moved his leg up and backwards behind him while the pair competed for the ball.
The video replay looked horrifying as unfortunate defender Lewis appeared to have been caught full in the face at force by the underside of Bissouma's boot.
Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma was sent off for a wild challenge on Jamal Lewis on Sunday
Newcastle full-back Lewis returned to the field with a head bandage after the horrifying clash
Experienced official Friend was told to take another look at the clash on a monitor by the sidelines, reviewing the ugly incident several times in slow motion before changing Bissouma's punishment from a yellow card to a straight red.
The Malian playmaker looked concerned for Lewis even after he received his marching orders.
Both players had slumped to the turf in obvious pain as a result of the challenge, although Lewis eventually rose to his feet and was able to continue after having a black bandage wrapped around his head to ensure the bleeding was stemmed.
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