Fans demand Antonio Valencia be sent off as screams are heard during horror tackle on Toni Lato

ANTONIO VALENCIA was lucky to avoid a red card following a horrific tackle on Valencia left-back Toni Lato.

The 33-year-old clattered into the Spaniard in the 11th minute at the Mestalla during Manchester United’s final Champions League group game.

Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia somehow escaped a red card for this tackle
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Valencia was shown just a booking by the referee as he clattered into Toni Lato
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As the ball was rolled across to Lato, Valencia came flying in and totally missed the ball as he smashed into the 21-year-old.

Screams could be heard from the youngster as he writhed around in agony on the floor, with Valencia somehow only picking up a yellow card.

After receiving treatment at the side of the pitch, Lato thankfully returned to the action as he avoided serious injury.

But fans were heavily critical of the Ecuadorian’s challenge, with one tweeting: “Horrific tackle from Valencia. He needs to time them better.”

Fans have slated Valencia’s challenge as they claim he was lucky not to be sent off
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Another commented: “Awful scene at the Mestalla as Toni Lato gets horribly fouled by Antonio Valencia and screams in pain.”

One said: “Valencia’s tackle on Lato. The whole stadium must have heard the poor lad’s screams.”

While another simply stated: “That was a horrible tackle by Valencia, should’ve been a red for him.”

Despite United luckily having 11 men on the pitch, they went behind in the 17th minute after Carlos Soler broke the deadlock with a fine finish into the far corner.

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