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].
The refereeing last night between Manchester City & Tottenham was a disgrace. Nicolas Otamendi should have been sent off for this disgraceful challenge on Harry Kane, which wasn't any different to Sadio Mané's. It was one of four incidents in the game which were handled awfully. pic.twitter.com/zc6KQTdzaD
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) December 17, 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?
Mané received a red card for his challenge on Ederson & Otamendi gets a yellow for a very similar challenge. KDB swears at the linesman, will he face punishment? Doubt it.
— Adäm. (@UnitedAdz) December 16, 2017
What's the difference between Mane & Otamendi's challenge? Should be off in my opinion.
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) December 16, 2017