All we need is refereeing consistency
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.