By Keith Hackett

27th Dec, 2021 | 5:57pm

Ex-Fifa referee: Dias controversy is 'simply not allowed' as Man City footage analysed

Man City should have had their final goal in the 6-3 win over Leicester City disallowed, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed the way Ruben Dias blocked Hamza Choudary and Kelechi Iheanacho as Riyad Mahrez whipped in a corner is “simply not allowed in the game”.

Dias then broke free to meet the header which was met by Raheem Sterling to wrap up the three points, as shown on the highlights posted to the Sky Sports YouTube channel.

A similar offence by Youri Tielemans was punished in the first half when Man City were awarded a penalty for a foul on Aymeric Laporte.

Chris Kavanagh ignored the offence before VAR operator Paul Tierney forced him to reconsider his decision.

And Hackett questioned why the same process did not occur following City’s sixth goal.

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“There is one important shot on the highlights, that’s the one,” he said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Once again, in the same game it’s ignored by the same referee, there you go.

“That is simply not allowed in the game and that picture is vital to underpinning what we are saying.

“Look, VAR operator Paul Tierney came in, correctly, on the first one and he might have come in on this one and disallowed it.

“He’s effectively taken a player or almost two players out of the game.

“I have no doubts that goal should have been disallowed and a free-kick awarded to Leicester for the holding offence.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed top officials will be ‘not happy’ about a Man City controversy.