Kompany red overturned to leave referees angry at FA

The Daily Mail has reported that the decision by the Football Association to overturn the red card shown to Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany in the Premier League champions’ weekend victory over Arsenal has caused consternation among officials.

It is claimed by the newspaper that senior referees feel the governing body’s decision to overrule Mike Dean has set a dangerous precedent for what constitutes an acceptable tackle after Kompany was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. The Mail adds that the unnamed officials are worried the decision will lead to confusion among their number as to what the correct punishment for such a challenge should be in future.

City announced their intention to appeal the red card, given to Kompany in the second-half of the 2-0 win, but it was not expected to be successful. That is despite a widely-held view within football that the sending-off was harsh, yet since Kompany appeared to leave the ground slightly when making the tackle, the red was expected to be upheld.

Former official Graham Poll, writing for the Mail said: “There was a real split in the football world and in such instances surely the standing referee should be backed.

Referees are told that only when their decision is seen as a clear and obvious error will the panel overturn it. This decision was certainly not clearly wrong and I just hope that in the light of this referees stop clamping down on two-footed tackles and leave players exposed to serious injury.

Kompany will now be available for City’s next three matches, Premier League fixtures against London pair Fulham and Queens Park Rangers and the FA Cup fourth round meeting with Stoke City, who beat Crystal Palace in a replay on Tuesday evening.

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