THE MO­MENT REF­EREE CHANGED DELPH CARD FROM YEL­LOW TO RED

Daily Mail - - Fa Cup - GRA­HAM POLL

Manch­ester city’s Fabian Delph was sent off by ref­eree an­thony tay­lor de­spite the ref­eree ini­tially tak­ing out his yel­low y card fol­low­ing Delph’s D reck­less tackle on Wi­gan’s Max Power. the de­ci­sion to dis­miss the city player was not wrong but ap­peared to be in­flu­enced by Wi­gan play­ers who sur­rounded the ref­eree. ap­pear­ances can be de­cep­tive and it is likely l one of tay­lor’s as­sis­tants com­mu­ni­cated the foul war­ranted a red rather than the yel­low he ini­tially took out. What­ever the rea­son for his change of heart, it was poor prac­tice. But B given the pace Delph went w into the chal­lenge and the fact that he had his studs raised well off the ground, the red card was cor­rect. through­out the sec­ond half, city play­ers ex­ag­ger­ated the sever­ity of vir­tu­ally ev­ery foul chal­lenge by Wi­gan, who had five play­ers cau­tioned as a re­sult. the un­seemly bust-up be­tween the man­agers in the tun­nel at half-time was just hand­bags, but the pitch in­va­sion at the end, when one sup­porter clashed with city striker ser­gio aguero, may well at­tract the at­ten­tion of the Fa.

Card swap: it’s a yel­low, then it’s a red for Delph

Fu­ri­ous: Guardi­ola (left) and Cook (sec­ond left)

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