By Alan Hutton

8th Nov, 2022 | 3:00pm

Man City news: Pundit backs radical change as BBC's Kevin De Bruyne footage analysed

Alan Hutton has claimed the penalty awarded to Kevin De Bruyne for Man City was “soft”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back said officials are trying to raise the threshold for penalties.

As shown on Sky Sports (5 November), late into the second half Antonee Robinson clipped the ankle of De Bruyne in the Fulham penalty area and referee Darren England pointed to the spot.

Second half substitute Erling Haaland converted from the spot to secure the 2-1 win and a crucial three points for the Sky Blues.

Hutton suggested that the contact on the Belgium international was not enough to bring him to ground.

They are trying to set this threshold higher to see whether there is enough contact to take someone down,” he told Football Insider.

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There has been a lot of situations over this weekend where I do not think there has been enough contact, like the De Bruyne one.

There is probably minimal contact but at high pace when you are running it can affect your stride. You have to take that into consideration but I do think some of them have been soft.

Writing on Twitter (5 November), BT Sport pundit called out De Bruyne for “cheating” and said his “dive” was “appalling”.

City face off against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday (9 November) before hosting Brentford at the weekend.

In other news, a pundit cited Diego Simeone as Ilkay Gundogan tipped to accept offer after Man City source’s update.