Ex-Fifa official: Fabinho 'lucky' to escape extended ban as controversial Liverpool v Man City image emerges
Fabinho was “lucky” not to be sent off as Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Man City yesterday (10 April), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Anthony Taylor should have been instructed to look again at Fabinho‘s challenge on Bernardo Silva.
With less than 10 minutes to go, the 28-year-old lunges into a challenge with Bernardo just outside the Liverpool area.
Taylor showed him a yellow card for the offence and VAR did not deem it clear and obvious error so did not intervene.
A red card would have seen him banned for the Reds’ next three domestic games – the FA Cup semi-final with City and league games with Man United and Everton.
“After another look at that Fabinho one, VAR didn’t come in because Taylor is in a good position and made his judgement,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“It’s not a clear and obvious error so he wants to stay out of it.
“I’ll go with the judgement of Taylor and say that Fabinho is lucky that he didn’t get a red. That type of challenge where you come in from the back and are off the ground, you can face the consequences. The consequences should be a red card.
“With the way we operate VAR in England, I would have liked Taylor to have another look at that. Not in slow motion though. The problem with slow-motion or a still photograph is they look worse than they are.”