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Manchester United star Fred avoids a straight red after headbutt on Leandro Paredes

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Manchester United star Fred has stunningly avoided a straight red after headbutting PSG counterpart Leandro Paredes in the Champions League

The Parisians were up in arms midway through the first half after an off-the-ball altercation between the two South Americans, in which the Argentine midfielder was left sprawling on the Old Trafford turf. 

Television replays showed that the Brazilian forced his head into his rival’s, in what would ordinarily be a straight card offence. 

Manchester United star Fred has stunningly avoided a straight red card for a headbutt

Manchester United star Fred has stunningly avoided a straight red card for a headbutt

The Brazilian forced his head into Leandro Paredes' in the first half at Old Trafford

The Brazilian forced his head into Leandro Paredes’ in the first half at Old Trafford

PSG were up in arms but after consulting VAR the referee only brandished a yellow card

PSG were up in arms but after consulting VAR the referee only brandished a yellow card

The Italian referee was advised by VAR to go to the pitchside monitor to review the incident, but inexplicably opted to brandish a yellow card for the 27-year-old. 

‘I didn’t think you were allowed to do that in this day and age,’ Chris Sutton said omn BBC Radio Five Live.

‘He’s got away with one there, Fred, he really has. I thought any sort of gesture like that would be a red, I’m baffled with that.

‘When is a headbutt not a headbutt?’

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