Yesterday Liverpool held Manchester City to a thrilling 2-2 draw, the game was arguably the most entertaining of all the games played in the Premier League this weekend, but the officiating wasn't top notch and Pep Guardiola wasn't able to hide his feelings after VAR and the referee made a possible red card decision.
The first half of the game saw both teams fail to open the scoring, the second half was more entertaining with Liverpool scoring first through Sadio Mane, a couple of minutes later Phil Foden equalized with a brilliant goal, Mohamed Salah then replied with a solo effort reminiscent of Eden Hazard's goal against Arsenal, but the drama didn't end there as Kevin De Bruyne struck late to earn Man City a hard fought point.
Once again the match was arguably the most interesting game this season but the officials made two calls that were wrong, in the first half James Milner should have seen a yellow card for his push on Phil Foden, but after a VAR review the referee deemed the incident not worthy of a yellow card.
In the second half the referee made another call and James Milner was once again involved, the stand-in right-back made a nasty tackle on Bernado Silva, the tackle was dangerous and it could have easily injured Bernado Silva due to the awkward way he landed on the pitch.
Milner was already on a yellow card and with such a nasty tackle he should have seen a straight red card or a second yellow but to the surprise of almost everyone he wasn't booked, with that decision Pep Guardiola went berserk on the touchline as he made his feelings known to the fourth official, he was yellow carded for his side pitch drama.
Pep Guardiola's antics after the referee didn't caution James Milner for a tackle on Bernado Silva.
The drama didn't end there, In his post match press conference the Spanish manager was asked what he thought of the referee decision to not award James Milner a straight red card or a second yellow card, and Pep Guardiola's reply was that of a man whose team was the victim of continuous terrible officiating decisions.
He said, "it's a yellow card. It's clear. But it's anfield, it's old Trafford. In our situation a City player is sent off. It's a second yellow card.
Hardly anyone is doubting if James Milner should have received a second yellow card for that tackle, but Pep Guardiola seemed to suggest that when it's a Man United or a Liverpool player the officiating decisions favor them, he went further to state that if a Man City player was in the James Milner situation he would have been sent off, well that isn't totally true or false.
The inconsistency of VAR and referee decisions is widely publicized and to suggest that Liverpool and Man United get special treatment is absurd, remember it was widely thought that Manchester United were VAR favorites but only recently we witnessed in the West Ham game as officials ignored two clear penalty tackles on Cristiano Ronaldo.
So to suggest a team gets favored by VAR and the referee is a wide guess, if there was any team that gets favored by VAR that should be Manchester City and the below incidents are clear indications of a possible favoritism.
1. Manchester City vs Southampton
Only recently, Manchester City were favored with a controversial decision against West Ham, here Kyle Walker got red carded and a penalty awarded to Southampton after Walker's rough tackle, but after a VAR review both the red card decision and the penalty was reversed.
2. Manchester City vs Liverpool
Here is an incident dating back to the time of Vincent Kompany's reign as Man City captain, the Belgian lunged into a dangerous tackle on Mohamed Salah with his studs raised high, he was neither cautioned it sent off.
3. Man City vs PSG
Less than a week ago, Kevin De Bruyne should have been sent off in the Champions League after he made a leg breaking stamp on Idrissa Gana Gueye, but once again a Manchester City player got preferential treatment from the referee as he wasn't booked.
The above three incidents could have earned Manchester City players red cards, yet they didn't and we didn't see Pep Guardiola causing a stir as his team was favored by the officials, the closest explanation for the discrepancy in VAR and officiating decisions is inconsistency.
So we can clearly see that the failure of the referee to not give James Milner a red card could be as a result of inconsistencies in decision making rather than a case of Old Trafford and Anfield as Pep Guardiola put it.
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