Gun­do­gan un­happy after video re­play

Manchester Evening News - - CITY - By STU­ART BREN­NAN

ILKAY Gun­do­gan re­vealed that City play­ers watched a re­play of the con­tro­ver­sial hand­ball in­ci­dent … and felt the first Liver­pool goal should not have stood.

The Blues mid­fielder also hinted that the Merseyside­rs got the rub of the green in three more in­ci­dents in which the video as­sis­tant ref­eree failed to act, as their 3-1 win put them nine points clear of City in the ti­tle race.

Gun­do­gan felt the game should have been stopped when Trent Alexan­der-Arnold han­dled the ball in the area, a mo­ment after the ball had also struck his team-mate Bernardo Silva on the arm.

“What do you want me to say right now? Ob­vi­ously as a City player it feels like a dis­ad­van­tage for us,” he said.

“We saw the in­ci­dent again in the dress­ing room af­ter­wards and for me, ob­vi­ously, it’s a penalty - but if you ask a Liver­pool player they would say ‘You can give it but it’s maybe a 50-50 sit­u­a­tion’.

“I don’t think it’s easy to judge and I’m not here to make a state­ment on that, but there were a few sit­u­a­tions where I thought maybe we could have had a de­ci­sion for us. It didn’t hap­pen and there’s noth­ing you can do.”

Gun­do­gan re­fused to con­cede de­feat in the ti­tle race, say­ing of the nine-point gap: “We have to ac­cept it, but there is a long way to go. Last sea­son in Jan­uary we were quite far be­hind and able to turn it around.

“But we are not in­de­pen­dent any more – we have to see how our com­peti­tors do, es­pe­cially Liver­pool, and that makes the sit­u­a­tion more un­com­fort­able.”

Ilkay Gun­do­gan

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