Sadio Mane's challenge on Ederson

Anger over Nicolas Otamendi vs Sadio Mane: What’s the difference?

Liverpool vs Man City

Liverpool fans were upset about a few things during Man City’s 4-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Everton held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby last weekend, and the Reds are still annoyed about that result.

Specifically, Reds supporters believe the penalty awarded against Dejan Lovren for a push was harsh.

Referee Craig Pawson, who officiated the Merseyside derby, was back in action for Man City vs Spurs.

Every time he missed a push in the game, Liverpool fans got a bit angrier.

Nicolas Otamendi vs Sadio Mane

Should Man City defender Nicolas Otamendi have bene sent off?

Ten minutes before the break Otamendi showed off his flexibility in a challenge with Harry Kane.

The Man City centre-half ended up lifted his boot to Kane’s face.

Earlier in the season, in Man City’s 5-0 win over Liverpool, Sadio Mane was sent off for raising his boot extremely high against Ederson.

The FA subsequently banned Mane, issuing the following statement:

The Liverpool forward was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Manchester City on Saturday [9 September 2017].

Wasn’t Otamendi’s foul on Kane also ‘serious foul play’?

And if so, should the Argentine international also face a ban?

Or is the difference between the situations the impact on the innocent parties. While Kane managed to escape unharmed by Otamendi’s boot in his face, Ederson suffered a horrific injury from Mane.

But even if that’s the case, should the impact of a foul be the determining factor on whether a ‘serious foul’ has been committed?

Also see: Gary Lineker hits back at ‘MOTD bias’ during Man City 4 – Tottenham 1.

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