Vincent Kompany airs concerns

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has stated that his red card against Manchester United at the weekend may be the start of stricter refereeing, and make it more difficult to challenge for the ball.

The Belgium international was dismissed for a lunging tackle on Nani in the Etihad Stadium outfit’s 3-2 defeat to The Red Devils on Sunday, and City’s appeal against the sending off was rejected by the FA.

The centre half feels that his case may be the first of many in which challenging for the ball may become more difficult due to more stringent officiating.

“I appealed because I obviously completely disagreed with the interpretation of the officials on the day but that happens in football and we move on,” Kompany said on Facebook.

“I wonder though if we are now going to see an unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction “ifs” and “maybes”?

“Are we going to look back at video evidence for every single challenge that goes unnoticed by the officials, look at different scenarios and potential outcomes of what could have been considered a good tackle and then sanction it?

“Players and managers are starting to expect more sending offs from referees and I think it’s for the wrong reasons.

“My understanding is that English football prides itself on the hardness, the fairness and the tradition of its game.

“That is why hundreds of millions of people tune in to watch Premier League football and English referees have always been a key factor to that success in my opinion. So I don’t agree with people saying that referees in this country aren’t doing well as I think they are the best in the world.

“Hopefully common sense will prevail again in the future and I for one hope not to see consistency in sending offs and suspensions when the intent of a player is to win the ball,” he concluded.

Kompany has been given a four-match suspension, and will miss the return leg of the Carling Cup against Liverpool along with Premier League games against Wigan and Tottenham.

By Gareth McKnight