Man City v Southampton 'incredible' controversy analysed by Ex-PL Ref

By Keith Hackett

24th Jan, 2022 | 11:00am

Ex-Premier League referee: Armstrong deserves extended ban as 'incredible' Southampton-Man City controversy analysed

Stuart Armstrong should have been sent off for his challenge on Aymeric Laporte as Southampton held Man City to a 1-1 draw on Saturday (22 January).

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “incredible” decision to give Armstrong just a yellow card.

As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, the Southampton midfielder dragged his studs down Laporte’s leg as they challenged for a bouncing ball.

Danny Murphy revealed the PGMOL’s official explanation for the decision was it lacked the “intensity” needed for it to be a red card.

“I’m clear, the boot is high, it’s come down and raked his opponent, it’s a red card,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“We had a challenge that endangered the safety of his opponent. The player was moving forward so there was forward movement, the player could have avoided doing that. The player has a duty of care to his opponent.

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“This is a foul and it must be given. Tell the explanation to the player who is probably having his leg bandaged up this morning.

“I listened to it and thought ‘Here we go again’. The PGMOL are great now at coming up with these one-liners that are incredible and have no relationship to the law.

“I guess it was a press guy rather than a referee.”

A red card for Armstrong would have seen him handed a three-game ban.

He would have missed the Saints’ FA Cup game with Coventry City as well as the away games with Tottenham and Man United in the league.

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