Captured on camera: The over-the-top tackle that ended LuaLua's cup tie

Kazenga LuaLua is caught by Raphael Branco's tackle. Pictures: Simon Dack

LuaLua goes down in agony

LuaLua is helped to his feet

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This is the moment which left Albion hoping they had not suffered an injury setback.

Kazenga LuaLua was caught on the ankle by an ungainly challenge from former Seagulls development squad defender Raphael Branco.

Our photographer Simon Dack captured what was a painful moment for the Albion winger.

Branco did not even concede a free-kick for the challenge right in front of the Albion bench which incensed the visitors in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie.

LuaLua needed treatment and was replaced soon after.

Albion are preparing for their home game against a Charlton side who could have good news in goal.

Stephen Henderson, the former Ipswich keeper who interested Albion this summer, is back in training after a hamstring injury and could return at the Amex.

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10:41am Thu 28 Aug 14

brightonfan34 says...

how was that not a red card and not even a free kick
how was that not a red card and not even a free kick brightonfan34
  • Score: 13

11:26am Thu 28 Aug 14

heathgate says...

i assume the club will send it on to the FL and the Referees Society,.... just as a learning point going forward.
i assume the club will send it on to the FL and the Referees Society,.... just as a learning point going forward. heathgate
  • Score: 9

12:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

It's possible the referee couldn't see that from his angle, but you can see the linesman has an unimpeded view of the incident and should have raised his flag.
It's possible the referee couldn't see that from his angle, but you can see the linesman has an unimpeded view of the incident and should have raised his flag. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 7

12:40pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

What you can see from this and other similar images is that the lightning fast front players we now have are going to be left wide open to this type of tackle which neither line judges or referees at this level are capable of spotting. The result is that we shall need strength in depth to cope for the inevitable injuries which will result. Well done Sami for insisting on the cover required in every position. I have a feeling that, come the heavy pitches and emergence of the cloggers, we shall need the bench team...
It gets more an more interesting - the bookmakers are in a spin. Down from 14/1 to 7/1 for automatic promtion in a week. I wonder if Mr Burke had a few quid at 14/1... would have been a good bet for the shrewd investor...
UTA...!!!
What you can see from this and other similar images is that the lightning fast front players we now have are going to be left wide open to this type of tackle which neither line judges or referees at this level are capable of spotting. The result is that we shall need strength in depth to cope for the inevitable injuries which will result. Well done Sami for insisting on the cover required in every position. I have a feeling that, come the heavy pitches and emergence of the cloggers, we shall need the bench team... It gets more an more interesting - the bookmakers are in a spin. Down from 14/1 to 7/1 for automatic promtion in a week. I wonder if Mr Burke had a few quid at 14/1... would have been a good bet for the shrewd investor... UTA...!!! Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Dingbat99 says...

Everyone in the ground could see it was a bad tackle apart from the officials. The referee was appalling for both teams. I hope the assessor was watching him.
Everyone in the ground could see it was a bad tackle apart from the officials. The referee was appalling for both teams. I hope the assessor was watching him. Dingbat99
  • Score: 7

2:05pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Never_Wrong says...

One of the poorest refereeing displays I have ever witnessed. Non-league.
One of the poorest refereeing displays I have ever witnessed. Non-league. Never_Wrong
  • Score: 4

6:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

bikerjimbo says...

We witness these decisions every game. Poor officials do spoil matches and in some cases have a much better view than we do yet seem to miss the obvious. Did anyone else see CMS being pushed over in the box on Saturday. The 'lino' on the west side had a clear view and did nothing except indicate a goal kick. Luckily no one was injured. I hate to say it but I have now got very used to the standard but I do think the clubs could do more. Perhaps set up a Specsavers on the touchline!
We witness these decisions every game. Poor officials do spoil matches and in some cases have a much better view than we do yet seem to miss the obvious. Did anyone else see CMS being pushed over in the box on Saturday. The 'lino' on the west side had a clear view and did nothing except indicate a goal kick. Luckily no one was injured. I hate to say it but I have now got very used to the standard but I do think the clubs could do more. Perhaps set up a Specsavers on the touchline! bikerjimbo
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Major Bloodboil says...

Never_Wrong wrote:
One of the poorest refereeing displays I have ever witnessed. Non-league.
Totally agree.
[quote][p][bold]Never_Wrong[/bold] wrote: One of the poorest refereeing displays I have ever witnessed. Non-league.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Major Bloodboil
  • Score: 0
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