Video: Glen Johnson proves a two-footed lunge isn’t always a red card (Manchester City 0-1 Liverpool)
With a huge degree of inevitability following Vincent Kompany’s red card at the weekend, a Manchester City was on the receiving end of a two-footed challenge in last night’s match against Liverpool. And it went unpunished.
Glen Johnson dived into a challenge with Joleon Lescott. Just like Kompany, he definitely won the ball cleanly.
If Kompany’s challenge was deemed reckless enough to merit a sending off then Johnson’s was arguably even more reckless. He certainly had more momentum behind as he made the challenge, whereas Kompany was pretty much sat on his backside by the time he reached the ball.
Inconsistency, yet again.
The incident sparked a row between City boss Roberto Mancini and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard.
The BBC reports:
Gerrard came to me and said I said something,” said the Italian, who clashed not once but twice with the England international.
“Steven Gerrard can say what he wants. I said what I think. That is what I am used to doing. It is not important what Gerrard or the other players have said.”
Mancini claimed his anger was directed at the inconsistency of refereeing decisions more than at Liverpool defender Johnson.
“I said something [after the tackle]. It was not for Johnson. It is for the tackle. This tackle was worse than Vinny’s [Kompany’s]. Everyone can see it.”
When asked if he agreed with Mancini’s view on Johnson’s challenge on Lescott, Gerrard told BBC Sport: “I don’t think so. It was a clear winner of a tackle.”