All we need is ref­er­ee­ing con­sis­tency

CityPress - - Sport - Er­rol Sweeney

How many times have we heard the ques­tion: “What about con­sis­tency, ref?” And I agree. Too of­ten, ref­er­ees make dif­fer­ent de­ci­sions after the same or sim­i­lar in­ci­dents.

I’m re­fer­ring to one par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent in the topof-the-ta­ble clash be­tween cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City and Premier League lead­ers Liver­pool last week.

It was an ea­gerly awaited clash be­tween these two gi­ants of English foot­ball and they didn’t dis­ap­point on the night.

What was dis­ap­point­ing was the per­for­mance of the ref­eree.

An­thony Tay­lor is an ex­pe­ri­enced ref­eree and is on the Fifa list of in­ter­na­tional match of­fi­cials.

His per­for­mance through­out the game was okay, but, when it came to the “big” call, he bot­tled it.

This is where the con­sis­tency – or lack of it – comes in.

In re­cent games and, in fact, from the start of this sea­son’s English Premier League (EPL), any player who went into a tackle with both feet off the ground got a straight red card.

But not this time – and the ques­tion be­ing asked is why?

City cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany was in a no-win sit­u­a­tion when he came up against the Reds’ pro­lific goal-scorer Mo Salah and he had to foul him or Salah would have been through on goal.

That’s fine, but the prob­lem is that he only got a yel­low card.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed clearly that Kom­pany was off his feet when con­tact was made and it was good for­tune for Salah that he wasn’t more se­ri­ously in­jured.

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