the Leicester Mercury take on the Vinny yellow cardShould Kompany have seen red?
Claude Puel thought Vincent Kompany should have been sent off. Pep Guardiola said yellow was the correct decision.
Who was right?
It all comes down to whether Kompany’s challenge on Jamie Vardy denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. If he was, as the challenge was outside the box, it should have been red.
When deciding, the referee must consider the following points:
The distance between the offence and the goal, the general direction of the play, the likelihood of the fouled player keeping or gaining control of the ball, and the location and number of the other surrounding defenders who could intervene.
Vardy was miles from goal, but did have a clean run through. The direction of play, from Iborra’s pass, was also goal-bound. The ball, too, was played right into Vardy’s stride. Had he not been clattered, Vardy would have taken a few more strides and gained control, Ederson in his sights.
That would also have taken Vardy further past John Stones, the only other defender in sight, who was positioned away from Vardy’s left shoulder, in the opposite direction to the goal.
Stones would never have caught him.
Red card.Why was it only a yellow?
Until video referees are brought into the Premier League, the official only has one look at it, at full speed.
Scott was in a good position, looking straight ahead, with an unobscured view of Vardy’s run and Kompany’s tackle.
However, he was not straight in line with the direction of the ball. He was about five yards to Iborra’s right. From that angle, it would make Stones appear closer to Vardy than he actually is.
Once Kompany made the foul, Stones continued his run as Vardy hit the turf. In less than a second, Stones went from clutching at Vardy’s coattails to standing between him and the goal. Again, that gives Scott the illusion that Stones was closer to Vardy than he was.
There were also less than two minutes on the clock. A decision of that magnitude, so early on, would have a huge impact on the game. That should not make a difference, of course, but Scott is only human. He would have felt there were enough mitigating factors to justify a yellow.Man City too good in the end
For the last 15 minutes, Manchester City knocked the ball around so rhythmically that it felt as though Leicester City were being entranced by a hypnotist’s pendulum.
Pep Guardiola’s team is by far the finest Leicester have played since their return to the Premier League.
Man City attack in frightening numbers, with speed and precision, their movement of both ball and themselves seamless, while they force opponents into nervy basic errors with their ferocious pressing.
Leicester tried to take it to them and, for the first 20 minutes, matched them well. But they just could not sustain it once Man City found their groove. Not many can.
Had Leicester squeezed into half-time goalless, they might have held out hope for longer, and certainly would have done had Harry Maguire not rattled the post and Man City score 21 seconds later.
Sometimes, though, you just have to shrug your shoulders, take off whatever headwear you have on, and shake your superior opponent’s hand.http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport ... sos-799432