Head coach of Slavia Prague Jindřich Trpišovský has faulted Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka for headbutting a Slovan Liberec defender, which had him sent off and perhaps cost the Slavists three points in the Fortuna Liga on Saturday evening.
The 27-year-old was red carded in the 89th minute, when Slavia were leading 2-1, but the Slavists conceded after his dismissal to ensure the tie ended in a stalemate.
Liberec broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when Lukáš Červ scored with the help of countryman Igho Ogbu’s deflection, but Olayinka equalised in the 30th minute.
Slavia then took the lead in the 65th minute when Olaiynka was brought down by Gigli Ndefe inside the box and the Red-Whites were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Mick van Buren.
But Nigerian striker Victor Olatunji rescued a point for Liberec in the fifth minute of stoppage time to make it 2-2.
Reacting to Olayinka’s dismissal in his post-match Slavia coach Trpišovský blamed the former Gent man for unruly behaviour.
“We will deal with it clearly. It was when we were leading 2-1, there is no reason for such a reaction,” Trpišovský said to Slavia’s official website.
“In addition, he was one of the best and most active players in the match, on the other hand, we should have an overview and finish it differently.
“There was no reason for such a reaction, whether he was fouled or not, that is a question, a matter for judgment, but he cannot react like that. It’s one thing that he sent us into, which caused how we finished, another thing is that we will miss him in the next games.
“It’s an incomprehensible short circuit that has never happened to him in the entire five years he’s been here.
“We will definitely deal with it with him, I wonder what the reason is that he reacted like that in the first place.”
The Nigeria international has scored 10 league goals with five assists in 18 league appearances this season and will miss Prague’s next two matches.