Ger­rard and Lam­pard slam Mendy over ‘cheap shot’ tweet

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Manch­ester City de­fender Ben­jamin Mendy was crit­i­cised on Satur­day fol­low­ing com­ments he made on so­cial me­dia about Brighton de­fender Lewis Dunk’s own goal.

Mendy, who missed City’s 2-0 away win over Brighton in the Premier League on Satur­day, used Twit­ter to poke fun at Dunk whose header gave the vis­i­tors a two-goal ad­van­tage.

“Bul­let header,” Mendy tweeted fol­low­ing his goal that was scored 15 min­utes be­fore time.

A clin­i­cal Ser­gio Aguero strike and Dunk’s own goal con­demned Brighton to a los­ing re­turn to the top flight at the Falmer Stadium.

City strug­gled to break a stub­born Brighton side down un­til Aguero fired home to open the scor­ing in the 70th minute.

Five min­utes later, Dunk slammed a header into his own net as he tried to clear a cross un­der pres­sure from Je­sus, with the home side lack­ing the fire­power to mount a come­back in the clos­ing stages.

Mendy later is­sued an ex­pla­na­tion, sug­gest­ing it was noth­ing more than ‘ban­ter’.

“Sorry to the few peo­ple who got of­fended... was just ban­ter noth­ing per­sonal. En­joy your night ev­ery­one. #CmonCity,” he tweeted.

But that didn’t wash with BT Sport pun­dits Frank Lam­pard and Steven Ger­rard.

Lam­pard and Ger­rard, who were analysing City’s per­for­mance at the time, said it was the wrong way to be­have as a fel­low pro­fes­sional.

Ger­rard said: “To be hon­est I don’t like to see that, there’s no need for it. There will be a time this sea­son when Mendy makes a mis­take and he’s go­ing to be wide open to crit­i­cism.”

Lam­pard added: “I agree with Ste­vie there. Why don’t you just have a few sec­onds to dou­ble check that that’s the right thing to send?

“Steve is ex­actly right. He’s got to play this sea­son and he might get done at some stage, some­one else might want to tweet about him.”

The for­mer Liver­pool cap­tain Ger­rard said Vin­cent Kom­pany, the City skip­per, should have a quiet word with Mendy.

“I would,” he said when asked whether he would have said some­thing had the in­ci­dent hap­pened at Liver­pool. “I think it’s dis­re­spect­ful to a fel­low pro­fes­sional and I think there’s to­tally no need for it at all.” Agen­cies

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