Manchester City destroyed 10-man Liverpool 5-0 on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, blowing away their visitors with a second half blitz after a controversial first forty-five minutes.
City started the game brightly and found themselves 1-0 up in a competitive match before referee John Moss changed the entire match with his decision to send off Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane in the 37th minute.
The Senegal international stretched for the ball but his high boot caught goalkeeper Ederson in the face, who required lengthy treatment and was eventually replaced by Claudio Bravo.
It’s a decision that has sparked wild debate on social media with viewers around the world weighing in on whether they deemed it to be sending off or not.
Liverpool fans seem certain though, with the majority believing there was no way Mane should have had his marching orders. The red card has enraged Reds fans, who had to endure their side conceding another four goals before the end of the match.
They took to Twitter in the aftermath to share their thoughts on the referee’s call…
John Moss you absolute moron. Ruined the game. Is Mane supposed to leave the ball??? He has every right to go for that.
— Rayhaan (@RayhaanParwez) September 9, 2017
The keeper is 40 yards out, Mane completely goes for the ball. John Moss, hang your head in shame. Disgraceful.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) September 9, 2017
Ref John Moss deliberately ignored klopp at the end of the match @LFC – you should get moss reported for such abhorrent behaviour
— Rob P (@Orchardpix) September 9, 2017
— Azerbaidžan (@hajallaan) September 9, 2017
John Moss has just ruined this game, his eyes were on the ball
— – (@Lallanaism) September 9, 2017
Games ruined!!! Thanks john moss! #MCILIV
— Danny James (@d_dean90) September 9, 2017
That's getting overturned on appeal but that's not the point. John Moss will get no punishment for ruining the game and costing us points.
— Sprezzatura (@Philteddylfc) September 9, 2017
Cheers for ruining the game John Moss, always going for the ball there
— Dan Birkinshaw (@d_birkz) September 9, 2017