A huge decision made by referee Graham Scott just 3 minutes into Manchester City’s clash with Leicester City has been causing debate online this afternoon.
The two sides are currently locked in action at the King Power stadium, with Man City looking to extend their lead atop the Premier League table.
Pep Guardiola’s men came into proceedings on a remarkable 15-game win-streak across all competitions, having failed to secure victory in just one of their fixtures to this point in the season.
Leicester, meanwhile, were unbeaten in their last 6 games across all competitions, and earned a 2-2 draw at the Bet365 Stadium versus Stoke City before the international break.
Guardiola opted for a strong starting lineup, with all of David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus getting the nod in attack.
Sergio Aguero was left on the bench after collapsing whilst on international duty with Argentina earlier this week, while Nicolas Otamendi’s suspension paved the way for captain Vincent Kompany to return at the heart of the Citizens’ defence.
However, it didn’t take long for Kompany, who has not featured for City since the end of August, to showcase his lack of sharpness, as a perfectly-weighted through ball saw Jamie Vardy slip beyond the Belgian with a clear path to goal after just 3 minutes.
Kompany proceeded to upend Vardy in a desperate last-ditch attempt to win the ball, with a red card looking odds-on to be produced by referee Graham Scott.
However, to the bemusement of Leicester’s players and fans alike, Scott decided on just a booking for Kompany, seemingly suggesting that the presence of John Stones alongside his defensive partner meant that the City skipper wasn’t ‘the last man.’
Most have since argued, though, that Stones was in no position to cover Kompany and would have easily been beaten to the ball by Vardy had the Leicester hitman been allowed to continue his run.
Check out the incident below: