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Graham Poll slams Anthony Taylor’s ‘poor practice’ against Man City

Wigan 1 – Man City 0

Dreams of the quadruple are over.

Pep Guardiola is still waiting to lift his first trophy with Man City. And now hopes of winning the FA Cup are over.

In one of the shocks of the season, Wigan beat Man City 1-0 in the fifth round.

Will Grigg was the hero for the Latics. The Northern Ireland striker scored a brilliant goal 12 minutes from time.

Fabian Delph’s red card vs Max Power

Man City were reduced to 10 men just before halftime.

England international Fabian Delph was sent off for a reckless tackle on Max Power.

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Fabian Delph vs Max Power (1)

Delph got the ball, but his high tackle also took out Wigan’s Power in a potentially dangerous situation.

Fabian Delph vs Max Power (2)

Referee Anthony Taylor eventually sent off Delph, but not after he caused plenty of controversy.

Immediately after the incident, Anthony Taylor took out his yellow card. He seemed to jot down Delph’s name on the back of that yellow card as well.

Yet, when it came time to make his decision, ref Taylor switched the yellow for a red.

In Tuesday’s Daily Mail, former Premier League ref Graham Poll has called out the official for how he handled the situation:

The decision to dismiss the City player was not wrong but appeared to be influenced by a huge posse of Wigan players who surrounded the Manchester-based referee.

Whatever the reason for his change of heart it was poor practice.

As for the decision itself, given the pace Delph went into the challenge and the fact that he had his studs raised well off the ground, I felt the red card was correct.

Pep Guardiola has been asking for players to be protected – meaning dismissals for these dangerous tackles – but he probably didn’t want the first to be for one of his players. 

For the record, Guardiola didn’t argue about the decision after the game.

Man City will now wait to find out how long Delph will be banned for.

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