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Jan 11, 2012

Kompany predicts 'wave of red cards'

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has predicted an "unprecedented wave'' of red cards in the wake of his dismissal against Manchester United on Sunday.

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Kompany begins a four-match ban by missing City's Carling Cup semi-final first-leg encounter with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night after an FA disciplinary panel rejected his appeal.

Manager Roberto Mancini had already claimed he had never seen anyone get sent off in similar circumstances in 30 years in the game. And Kompany has chosen to express his frustrations on his Facebook page.

"I appealed because I obviously completely disagreed with the interpretation of the officials on the day but that happens in football and we move on,'' he said.

"I wonder though if we are now going to see an unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction ''ifs" and ''maybes"?

"Are we going to look back at video evidence for every single challenge that goes unnoticed by the officials, look at different scenarios and potential outcomes of what could have been considered a good tackle and then sanction it?

"Players and managers are starting to expect more sending offs from referees and I think it's for the wrong reasons.

"My understanding is that English football prides itself on the hardness, the fairness and the tradition of its game.

"That is why hundreds of millions of people tune in to watch Premier League football and English referees have always been a key factor to that success.

"So I don't agree with people saying that referees in this country aren't doing well as I think they are the best in the world.

"Hopefully common sense will prevail again in the future and I for one hope not to see consistency in sending offs and suspensions when the intent of a player is to win the ball.

"I'd like to add to this that I waited for the suspension to be confirmed before making any comments on the matter as I didn't want to give the impression that I was using the media as a tool to benefit my own personal agenda in this case.

"I'm not speaking on behalf of the club or anybody else, this isn't me defending myself, this is just me raising a genuine concern.''


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