By Keith Hackett

21st Sep, 2021 | 8:53am

Southampton star Livramento lucky to escape 3-match ban after ex-Premier League ref analyses Man City footage

Keith Hackett claims Southampton defender Tino Livramento was close to being sent off and landing a three-match for what he did against Man City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee reacted to a heavy challenge from the full-back.

During the second half of Saturday’s game, Livramento flew into a challenge with Raheem Sterling after a heavy touch.

The 18-year-old missed the ball and caught Sterling in the shin with his studs.

This prompted a furious outburst from Phil Foden as Jon Moss gave Livramento a yellow card.

Moss was also not sent to the VAR monitor.

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Foden was clearly looking for a more severe punishment with the tackle not looking too dissimilar to the lunge that earned Granit Xhaka a red card at the Eithad last month.

Hackett insists the tackle was “close to a red” but was willing to give the player the benefit of the doubt.

“It’s close to a red card,” Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley after analysing the footage.

“There’s no question. I would go with the on-field referee because of his position.

“Moss has given the benefit of the doubt there. He’s in an excellent position to see that challenge.

“He hasn’t overreacted. The body language of the Southampton player is not good.”

Southampton went on to earn an admirable draw against the reigning Premier League champions.

Livramento signed for Southampton this summer after his 12 years as a Chelsea youth player came to an end.

In other news, Ex-Premier League referee: Walker deserves extended ban as controversial Man City footage emerges.