Manchester City continue to suffer an irregular number of horror fouls and they seem to be occurring with more regularity of late.
Leroy Sané has been sidelined for a spell after a disgraceful tackle from Cardiff City’s Joe Bennett, for which he received only a yellow card.
There are further examples, two in last night’s win over West Brom alone, as James McClean came very close to taking out Kevin De Bruyne in the build-up to KDB’s goal, before young Brahim Diaz was the victim of an unacceptable tackle for the second game running – this one from Matt Phillips.
— Rob (@Razza_7) January 31, 2018
Bernardo Silva has spoken out on the issue and admitted that it is a talking point at City, as opponents look to counter their superior footballing ability with horror tackles, none of which have yet to be punished appropriately with red cards.
“The coach and everyone has already spoken about it,” the 23-year-old told reporters. “It’s clear over the last few months — we’ve seen with Leroy it was a terrible accident and now he’s injured for two months and he is a very important player,”
“Today it could have been Brahim, it could have been Kevin on the second goal. I think, as the coach says, the referees have to do their job and if it’s a red card they have to give the red card.
“They are not doing that over the last few months. We hope that soon they start protecting our players because, the way other teams are tackling our players, it’s not part of the game.
“It’s not fair play and they have to try to punish the players that play this way.”
Will the authorities listen or can City’s gifted squad expect more of these career-threatening horror tackles to come their way?
Six horror fouls on #mcfc players.
Not a single red card given for any of them.
Pep has every right to be livid, the referees simply aren't giving the players enough protection. pic.twitter.com/10VOn9mTfJ
— Jordan Elgott (@JElgott) January 29, 2018
Ohh Kevin De Bruyne! KDB is staying at Man City until 2023 – to celebrate the City Store have released a new KDB Initial T-Shirt!