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Kompany Discusses Foster’s Red Card

Burnley coach Vincent Kompany has promised his support for Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster after his red card against Nottingham Forrest.

Foster, who also had a goal ruled out by VAR, was sent off late in the game when he swung his right arm in the chest of Ryan Yates against Forest in the English Premier League match at City Ground on Monday night.     

The former Orlando Pirates striker, who looked lively, is the club’s top scorer, having scored two goals along with an assist, which was his flick that led to Swiss international Zeki Amdouni to score for Burnley in the first half, before Callum Hudson-Odoi equalised for the home side.

But he will miss the next three games through violent conduct, starting with Saturday’s meeting against Manchester United.

“It is a shame,” Kompany said as per BBC of Foster, who he signed in the second half of last season from KVC Westerlo  

“The effort he puts in for the team, how he is establishing himself in the league, you have to put forward first.

“He made a mistake and my take is being a bit cautious. He has been open about mental health in the past so I will step away from it and make sure he is ready for the next game.

“He knows that himself and we have to get him back to the level he was at before the red card.”

In the eventful night for Foster, he thought he had scored his third this season before he was sent off, only for the intervention of VAR due to a handball by Sander Berge in the build up of the goal.

It was a crushing blow for Kompany, whose side cantered with the Championship title last season where there is no VAR in place.

“I have to get used to it,” said Kompany.

“In the Championship, if it’s in, it’s in. I have a decent business and coaching brain, but when it comes to laws and legality I switch off.

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“Handball this way or that, they come and explain it to us but I have made a decision to trust what they are doing and have the right intentions.

“It is not something I want to discuss too much, I cannot change it now.”

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